tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post195292551308946501..comments2024-06-13T23:23:44.643-05:00Comments on Computational Complexity: Which mathematician had the biggest gap between fame and contribution?Lance Fortnowhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06752030912874378610noreply@blogger.comBlogger21125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-36284801577159723772015-04-21T16:41:40.990-05:002015-04-21T16:41:40.990-05:00von Neumann was one of the greats, certainly, but ...von Neumann was one of the greats, certainly, but when it comes to computing he was preceded by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, from who he borrowed liberally.Michael Bradleyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13070797961634470398noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-8085796974573685842015-04-21T16:31:31.508-05:002015-04-21T16:31:31.508-05:00but it wasn't John von Neumann who was parodie...but it wasn't John von Neumann who was parodied in Dr. Strangelove, it was Edward Teller...Michael Bradleyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13070797961634470398noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-77423718955283058362015-03-31T21:02:12.636-05:002015-03-31T21:02:12.636-05:00Hmm why not just skip over posts authored by GASAR...Hmm why not just skip over posts authored by GASARCH? It is not too hard to do that it would seem, or am I dumb or something?space2001noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-34452161491752032612015-03-31T12:19:24.429-05:002015-03-31T12:19:24.429-05:00Thank you by agreeing. I've knew I would get i...Thank you by agreeing. I've knew I would get it!!!André Luiz Barbosahttp://www.andrebarbosa.eti.brnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-61996435037756179892015-03-30T18:36:57.480-05:002015-03-30T18:36:57.480-05:00Re: André Luiz Barbosa 11:26 AM, March 24, 2015
&q...Re: André Luiz Barbosa 11:26 AM, March 24, 2015<br />"Who was the worst (amateur) mathematician of all time?<br />Me: André Luiz Barbosa."<br /><br />For once, I finally agree with Mr Barbosa. Cheers.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-19450430338428747862015-03-27T02:02:20.758-05:002015-03-27T02:02:20.758-05:00Yes, you are rightYes, you are rightSrihttp://www.acewebacademy.com/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-72315512865883396692015-03-26T21:51:35.176-05:002015-03-26T21:51:35.176-05:00Ising. Every physicist knows the Ising model, but...Ising. Every physicist knows the Ising model, but Ising was, I believe, a graduate student assigned the task of studying the Ising model in one dimension. He didn't invent the model, his advisor did, or so I am told. Ising then proved that the model did not order at any nonzero temperature. He then became disappointed in physics because it was hoped that the model would explain ferromagnetism, and he left physics. Years later, he learned that he was famous in the field.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-70225933746394542462015-03-25T14:09:17.853-05:002015-03-25T14:09:17.853-05:00Cannot agree more - it is not that the math is har...Cannot agree more - it is not that the math is hard.<br /><br />It is the creativity and boldness to question the absolute nature of space and time.Andrew Auhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17519031924478773558noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-40595750908416621852015-03-25T07:12:24.792-05:002015-03-25T07:12:24.792-05:00Well, we know so little about Pythagoras and his c...Well, we know so little about Pythagoras and his contributions at all so I'd refrain from making judgements about their worth. However, he was probably quite influential as a mystic/esoteric/religious figure, that's where the fame comes from.<br /><br />Speaking of time frames where we have reliable information, l'Hopital is a serious contender. Maybe another could be Bayes, who got a whole field of statistics named after him; doesn't most of the credit for what we today call "Bayesian probability" go to Laplace?<br /><br />Then again, I hear that there's a conjecture that all famous theorems get named after wrong persons...Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-37098953686139040472015-03-24T17:06:27.595-05:002015-03-24T17:06:27.595-05:00One plausible big-gap answer Galileo Galilei.
...<b>One plausible big-gap answer</b> Galileo Galilei. <br /><br />Per wikipedia: "While Galileo's application of mathematics to experimental physics was innovative, his mathematical methods were the standard ones of the day."<br /><br /><b>Opposite-sign big-gap answers</b> Nathaniel Bowditch (1773 – 1838), Hugo Tetrode (1895 – 1931), and Harold Stephen Black (1898 – 1983) ... for their innovative mathematical descriptions of (respectively) non-euclidean differential geometry, dynamical entropy, and feedback control ... all three achievements had transformational practical implications, and all three persons (arguably) deserve to be more generally appreciated.John Sidleshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/16286860374431298556noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-1228388400403986652015-03-24T11:26:53.527-05:002015-03-24T11:26:53.527-05:00Who was the worst (amateur) mathematician of all t...Who was the worst (amateur) mathematician of all time?<br /><br />Me: André Luiz Barbosa. If possible, please see my papers:<br /><br />http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0907/0907.3965.pdf<br />http://www.andrebarbosa.eti.br/the_cook-levin_theorem_is_false.pdf<br />http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1501/1501.03872.pdf<br />André Luiz Barbosahttp://www.andrebarbosa.eti.brnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-59374455362180626332015-03-24T07:12:51.120-05:002015-03-24T07:12:51.120-05:00Could GASARCH please start a blog of his own blog ...Could GASARCH please start a blog of his own blog where he shall be free to enrich his followers with his important thoughts. For the rest of us, let us start a movement "blog.computationalcomplexity.org for computational complexity theorists!".Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-38913246055450063672015-03-23T15:01:12.920-05:002015-03-23T15:01:12.920-05:00No they don't. First the learn that the releva...No they don't. First the learn that the relevant equations were obtained to various degrees by Poincare, Lorentz and Minkowski all three of which didn't quite know what to make of them and their implications. Poincare in fact thought that further experiments might dispel the notion of relativity. <br /><br />Einstein on the other hand fully embraced relativity it with all of its consequences, developing a consistent theory around it. <br /><br />As usual major discoveries do not happen in isolation, and credit should be shared by more than one person, but if we insist in the "one person takes it all" model, credit goes to Einstein, with assists to both H.P. and H.L.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-91219762305039584442015-03-23T12:19:32.467-05:002015-03-23T12:19:32.467-05:00Regarding Pythagoras, members of the Pythagorean s...Regarding Pythagoras, members of the Pythagorean school generally contributed in the name of Pythagoras. Regardless of who actually came up with the idea. If I remember correctly, even the existence of one original 'Pythagoras' is debatable. There is a very nice chapter about this issue in Russells 'A History of Western Philosophy'. Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-11059723360034795292015-03-23T11:54:14.555-05:002015-03-23T11:54:14.555-05:00it seems sometimes very strange that these alpha-m...it seems sometimes very strange that these alpha-male like challenges show up in science. maybe these questions should be or are better left to science historians & not active scientists. reminds me of a semifamous stackexchange post <a href="http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/08/gorilla-vs-shark/" rel="nofollow">"shark vs gorilla"</a>vznhttp://vzn1.wordpress.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-7192113591195177172015-03-23T11:13:04.219-05:002015-03-23T11:13:04.219-05:00All Pythgoras philosophy & Math is due to Herm...All Pythgoras philosophy & Math is due to Hermes of Egypt, the prophet in the old testament and the Holy Qur'an. He is born befote Noah. He is the founder of the ancient civilizations of both Egypt & Iraq.<br /><br />I strongly agree that von Neumann is not as famous as he should be, even calling the EDVAC, ENIAC etc. as Johniacs is not sufficient. Turing centennial tended to pose von Neumann as an implementor of the Universal Turing machine, which can simulate any Turing machine. Never ask the question:"Does it simulate itself?".It simulates itself iff it does not simulate itself. Absurdity!<br /><br />Can anyone see von Neumann implementing the paradoxical number:?<br /><br />Is the string the von Neumann architecture?<br /><br />It's impossible, tell the sun to leave the sky,<br /><br />It's impossible, ask a baby not to cry,<br /><br />Can the ocean keep from rushing to the shore?<br /><br />It's just impossible.<br /><br /><br />Rafee Kamouna.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-5398194063774740302015-03-23T09:15:16.701-05:002015-03-23T09:15:16.701-05:00There should also be a lowerbound of something lik...There should also be a lowerbound of something like 1000 AD for when the candidate was born. Otherwise, his/her contributions may have been forgotten with the passage of time (which possibly happened with Pythagoras). Arnabnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-11870947267451061152015-03-23T07:27:13.519-05:002015-03-23T07:27:13.519-05:00I'd like to point out that John Von Neumann di...I'd like to point out that John Von Neumann did appear in a very famous film, namely, "Dr. Strangelove" by Stanley Kubrick.<br />I agree however that, most probably, the vast majority of people who watch the film don't recognize him and he's certainly not as known as he'd deserve.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-63782957144174352282015-03-23T06:09:33.258-05:002015-03-23T06:09:33.258-05:00Turing had an important contribution in World War ...Turing had an important contribution in World War II as a codebreaker, so I think his fame is reasonable. <br />The contibution of John von Neumann to most sciences is enormous and it is really wierd that he is not more famous than Einstein. There are many game theorists that got famous but von Neumann who is one of the founders of game theory is not so famous.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-28960709939555557892015-03-23T05:17:25.070-05:002015-03-23T05:17:25.070-05:00Guillaume de l'Hôpital: Known even to most hig...Guillaume de l'Hôpital: Known even to most highschool students for L'Hôpital's rule. It appears that Guillaume "bought" the theorem from Johann Bernoulli. Guillaume own contribution to mathematics was mostly as a teacher and textbook writer.<br /><br />Jørgen Pedersen Gram: Known from the Gram-Schmidt method, which is taught to any student taking linear algebra. According to the Wikipedia article, the method appeared earlier in the work of Laplace and Cauchy. Gram was a fine mathematician, but without having his name associated with this elementary method, he would probably have been rather unknown.<br /><br />Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-86754203628658069742015-03-22T23:38:26.050-05:002015-03-22T23:38:26.050-05:00If fame is to be mentioned at all, one can never f...If fame is to be mentioned at all, one can never forget aLBERT eINSTEIN. He is associated with Relativity Theory. Elementary students of physics clearly know that special relativity is due to Poincare & Lorentz. Even when eINSTEIN was asked how to approach relativity, he replied "Lorentz Transformations".<br /><br />General Relativity is due to Hilbert who submitted & published before eINSTEIN.<br /><br />Read the book: "The Incorrigble Plagiarist"<br /><br /><br />best,<br /><br />Rafee Kamouna.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com