tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post115866850481436913..comments2024-11-14T17:42:16.782-06:00Comments on Computational Complexity: Some New GeniusesLance Fortnowhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06752030912874378610noreply@blogger.comBlogger7125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1158874383442181192006-09-21T16:33:00.000-05:002006-09-21T16:33:00.000-05:00Also David Macauley, who's written some great chil...Also David Macauley, who's written some great children's books tailor-made for developing future scientists and engineers.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1158758423448775172006-09-20T08:20:00.000-05:002006-09-20T08:20:00.000-05:00Claire Tomlin teaches at Stanford, has a Berkeley ...Claire Tomlin teaches at Stanford, has a Berkeley PhD, a Masters from Imperial College, London, and a Bachelors from the University of Waterloo. <BR/><BR/>This is a different country for each: Canada, UK, People's Republic of Berkeley and USA.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1158758317847181392006-09-20T08:18:00.000-05:002006-09-20T08:18:00.000-05:00Of all the MacArthur fellows this year, electrical...Of all the MacArthur fellows this year, electrical engineer <A HREF="http://www.benetech.org/index.shtml" REL="nofollow">Jim Fruchterman</A> has arguably embraced the single most world-changing idea, namely, the innovative <A HREWF="http://www.benetech.org/about/financial_downloads/2005_audited_financials_final.pdf">ownership structure</A> of his Benetech Foundation. <BR/><BR/>Benetech is a nonprofit foundation whose main asset is its wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, the engineering consulting company Benengineering. <BR/><BR/>There's precedent for this trusted owneership mode (e.g., the Stanford Research Institute's sole ownership of the Sarnoff Corporation), but Dr. Fruchterman's foundation is pushing this model into new realms.<BR/><BR/>It's pretty clear that Benetech exists at the intersection of capitalism, socialism, game theory, information theory, fundamental science, advanced engineering, andâ€”most important of allâ€”planetary-scale job creation. <BR/><BR/>This kind of innovation is well-deserving of a MacArthur award, IMHO.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1158699182434530272006-09-19T15:53:00.000-05:002006-09-19T15:53:00.000-05:00Luis is also the youngest of this year's geniuses,...Luis is also the youngest of this year's geniuses, at 27.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1158678060292096562006-09-19T10:01:00.000-05:002006-09-19T10:01:00.000-05:00All mathematics is divided into three parts: crypt...<I>All mathematics is divided into three parts: cryptography (paid for by CIA, KGB and the like), hydrodynamics (supported by manufacturers of atomic submarines) and celestial mechanics (financed by military and by other institutions dealing with missiles, such as NASA.).</I><BR/><BR/>That's really witty! You might have THOUGHT that mathematics is divided into algebra, analysis, and geometry. But no, in case any one was suspicious that mathematics lacks military applications, it ACTUALLY divides into cryptography, hydrodynamics, and celestial mechanics!Greg Kuperberghttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16655664043505766628noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1158675592735168862006-09-19T09:19:00.000-05:002006-09-19T09:19:00.000-05:00The selection of the geniuses (cryptography, aeron...The selection of the geniuses (cryptography, aeronautics, ...) reminds me the next quote of famous applied mathematician VI Arnold.<BR/>--<BR/>All mathematics is divided into three parts: cryptography (paid for by CIA, KGB and the like), hydrodynamics (supported by manufacturers of atomic submarines) and celestial mechanics (financed by military and by other institutions dealing with missiles, such as NASA.).<BR/><BR/>Cryptography has generated number theory, algebraic geometry over finite fields, algebra, combinatorics and computers.<BR/><BR/>Hydrodynamics procreated complex analysis, partial derivative equations, Lie groups and algebra theory, cohomology theory and scientific computing.<BR/><BR/>Celestial mechanics is the origin of dynamical systems, linear algebra, topology, variational calculus and symplectic geometry.<BR/><BR/>The existence of mysterious relations between all these different domains<BR/>is the most striking and delightful feature of mathematics (having no rational explanation).Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1158674855435107472006-09-19T09:07:00.000-05:002006-09-19T09:07:00.000-05:00Go Luis! He was also named as one of popular scien...Go Luis! He was also named as one of popular science magazine's "Brilliant 10"Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com