tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post1037852391005039424..comments2024-11-13T15:38:29.005-06:00Comments on Computational Complexity: How much credit should the conjecturer get? Is Conjecturer a word?Lance Fortnowhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06752030912874378610noreply@blogger.comBlogger8125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-12355723712558458572009-08-20T10:19:44.988-05:002009-08-20T10:19:44.988-05:00Here's a more slippery slope. What credit to g...Here's a more slippery slope. What credit to give to a theorem's Announcer? What I mean is this: someone announces in public "X is true". He/she may even have given a talk outlining his/her proof. It may get referenced in a paper or two. But the proof never appears (e.g. the announcement was made 10 years ago, nothing happened since).<br /><br />Now you find your own proof. It is a significant piece of work. Where does the credit go?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-28564924612347781142009-08-16T01:06:39.323-05:002009-08-16T01:06:39.323-05:00Regarding Serge Lang coming off as a nutcase, the ...Regarding Serge Lang coming off as a nutcase, the linked article is actually a mild example. He wrote extensively on his disbelief that HIV causes AIDS.Lucahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17835412240486594185noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-49101115638069849472009-08-15T14:23:57.559-05:002009-08-15T14:23:57.559-05:00Main Conjecture of Iwasawa TheoryMain Conjecture of Iwasawa TheoryAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-57013377695355667462009-08-15T13:37:35.499-05:002009-08-15T13:37:35.499-05:00The Poincare Conjecture might not be too recent to...The Poincare Conjecture might not be too recent to provide evidence. The Poincare Conjecture for higher dimensions was proven decades ago (dimension 4 in the 80's, 5 and higher in the 60's), and those results are still called the Poincare Conjecture.<br /><br />For example, people just as often say "the Poincare Conjecture for dimensions 5 and higher," etc. rather than Smale's theorem, Freedman's theorem, etc.<br /><br />On a related note, sometimes conjecturers get <i>too</i> much credit by getting conjectures named after them that they didn't even conjecture. These can be extensions or generalizations of the original. The Poincare conjecture in higher dimensions is one example, as is the smooth Poincare conjecture, etc.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-88052628529485728512009-08-14T19:35:29.956-05:002009-08-14T19:35:29.956-05:00It seems like naming the conjecturer is even worse...It seems like naming the conjecturer is even worse, because it's quite likely that some obscure paper conjectures a given result. It seems the name should be awarded not only for stating the conjecture, but also realizing its importance (e.g. Riemann).<br /><br />Also, in some situations, the conjecturer's name does stay attached to the theorem. Mordell's conjecture is still referred to by name, as are the Bieberbach conjecture and the Weil conjectures. Mertens conjecture is false and is still usually referred to by that name. Other things, like the Kepler and Poincare conjectures, may be too recent to have name changes yet.<br /><br />I conjecture that being famous for other results, as well as having your conjecture open for a long time, will help your name stay. As such, I think the Riemann Hypothesis will keep its name.Unknownhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06229416831400925212noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-36671350454050816942009-08-14T17:16:13.254-05:002009-08-14T17:16:13.254-05:00I wouldn't say that the conjectures were solve...I wouldn't say that the conjectures were solved, I'd say they were proven.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-54876983159037310752009-08-14T15:52:56.203-05:002009-08-14T15:52:56.203-05:00Wow, Serge Lang comes off as a complete nut-job.Wow, Serge Lang comes off as a complete nut-job.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-84928554215782079452009-08-14T15:10:45.133-05:002009-08-14T15:10:45.133-05:00Too late, there already have been fierce battles o...Too late, there already have been fierce battles over who conjectured what when. For example how a Weil conjecture became the Taniyama-Weil conjecture and then either the Taniyama-Shimura or the Taniyama-Shimura-Weil conjecture depending on who is writing.<br /><br />Serge Lang tells the story (from an anti-Weil position) <a href="http://www.ams.org/notices/199511/forum.pdf" rel="nofollow">here</a>Lucahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17835412240486594185noreply@blogger.com