tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post1289689322553119435..comments2024-11-14T17:42:16.782-06:00Comments on Computational Complexity: Ted Kaczynski was at one time the worlds most famous living mathematicianLance Fortnowhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06752030912874378610noreply@blogger.comBlogger13125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-33684826688101084622023-07-02T12:41:25.126-05:002023-07-02T12:41:25.126-05:00I think Newton has to be in your list.I think Newton has to be in your list.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-67442809930916044412023-06-21T23:14:34.031-05:002023-06-21T23:14:34.031-05:00Thanks for the clarification!Thanks for the clarification!gasarchhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03004932739846901628noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-9679362883290576502023-06-21T08:35:29.821-05:002023-06-21T08:35:29.821-05:00It seems unlikely that the movie helped Nash win a...It seems unlikely that the movie helped Nash win a Nobel prize, as the prize predates the movie by a good number of years. He was awarded the prize in 1994, the book the movie was based on was published in 1998, and the movie itself dates from 2001.Abigailnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-41688527286105512772023-06-20T10:33:38.934-05:002023-06-20T10:33:38.934-05:00AH- what makes one more famous- winning a Nobel pr...AH- what makes one more famous- winning a Nobel prize OR being the subject of a good movie. I wonder if the movie helped Nash win the Nobel prize.gasarchhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03004932739846901628noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-71127864968606867522023-06-18T21:04:05.240-05:002023-06-18T21:04:05.240-05:00Thanks for the reply! Actually the first "pro...Thanks for the reply! Actually the first "proof" was announced in 1993, which was reported on NYT front page though featuring a photo of Fermat instead of Wiles. The 95 published proof including both Wiles and Taylor-Wiles was complete, while the final blow was made in 94. Also in late 94, Nash won his Nobel prize, so he could also compete in 95 but his fame probably peaked during 2001-2002 when the film was released and awarded an Oscar.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-52010061557415100272023-06-18T19:51:18.987-05:002023-06-18T19:51:18.987-05:00Thanks! Fixed! (This is Bill G)Thanks! Fixed! (This is Bill G)William Gasarchhttps://www.cs.umd.edu/~gasarch/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-4487339534994315782023-06-18T19:46:48.969-05:002023-06-18T19:46:48.969-05:00FLT's proof was officialy published in May 199...FLT's proof was officialy published in May 1995, not 1986, and the Unabomber Manifesto was published in September 1995. There was a good competition that year.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-45539047126222917112023-06-18T17:33:05.927-05:002023-06-18T17:33:05.927-05:00Yes, my fault, I meant author. There are two mathe...Yes, my fault, I meant author. There are two mathematicians I can think off who may have some name recognition among the general public for there work as a mathematician. First name is Alan Turing. And then mostly for his work in breaking the Enigma code, not for his work on computing. The second name would be sir Isaac Newton. Although he may be more known for his work in Physics (but it's often hard to draw the exact line between Mathematics and Physics)Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-92160700786358893542023-06-18T14:13:43.826-05:002023-06-18T14:13:43.826-05:00Actually Lewis Carroll is also a little known for ...Actually Lewis Carroll is also a little known for his work on lawn tennis tournaments - basically the mathematical question there was how many comparisons does it take to identify both the largest and second largest element in a set.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-3910612886192201002023-06-18T11:26:55.202-05:002023-06-18T11:26:55.202-05:00That last comment was by me, Bill Gasarch. The aut...That last comment was by me, Bill Gasarch. The automatic mechanims that labels my comments as from me seems to not be working for me right not. I'll ask Lance about how to fix that.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-52845225717700378192023-06-18T11:25:14.526-05:002023-06-18T11:25:14.526-05:001) I think you meant that Lewis Carroll is know as...1) I think you meant that Lewis Carroll is know as an AUTHOR, not an ACTOR. (2) GOOD POINT- I THOUGHT Euclid was well known because Geometry is taught in HS, but it is no longer taught out of Euclid and indeed, my intuitions may have a problem with time displacement. At one time Euclid was more known- but only among those who are educated. Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-73185847982909623962023-06-18T09:08:26.701-05:002023-06-18T09:08:26.701-05:00Is Euclid even famous? The general public knows Py...Is Euclid even famous? The general public knows Pythagoras (but only because of his name on the theorem) and Lewis Caroll (but then only as an actor), but at least they will have some name recognition. Euclid, on the other hand, I doubt his name will ring a bell among the majority of the general public. Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-34231011880276298302023-06-18T08:58:20.148-05:002023-06-18T08:58:20.148-05:00When I was in grad school, the joke was that the o...When I was in grad school, the joke was that the only famous mathematicians were Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting) and Russel Crowe (Beautiful Mind).Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com