tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post109465220228942209..comments2024-08-02T16:56:41.757-05:00Comments on Computational Complexity: Just Because I'm a Scientist Doesn't Mean I Know AnythingLance Fortnowhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06752030912874378610noreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1094713926533846652004-09-09T02:12:00.000-05:002004-09-09T02:12:00.000-05:00Didn't Andrew Wiles solve Fermat's Last Theorem wh...Didn't Andrew Wiles solve Fermat's Last Theorem while sitting at his desk in the attic with paper and pencil only? At least that's what he said he did for seven or eight years. I don't think he used any computers. On the other hand, Wolfram probably ONLY uses computers and more specifically his Mathematica program.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1094682034444636232004-09-08T17:20:00.000-05:002004-09-08T17:20:00.000-05:00A lecturer of mine described this as the "You're a...A lecturer of mine described this as the "You're a musician, come and help me shift this piano" problem.<br /><br />- Adam SampsonAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1094669639746711412004-09-08T13:53:00.000-05:002004-09-08T13:53:00.000-05:00On a similar note, a friend who is a mathematician...On a similar note, a friend who is a mathematician got the following remark from a biologist who was ranting about grants and funding for expensive lab equipment: "You mathematicians just need your geometry boxes." Just imagine this person's view of a mathematician -- sitting at a desk with a ruler, protractor and compass...<br /><br />-VarshaAnonymousnoreply@blogger.com