tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post6983513797674641120..comments2024-08-02T19:37:12.269-05:00Comments on Computational Complexity: Does Tiger Woods know what a Venn Diagram is?Lance Fortnowhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06752030912874378610noreply@blogger.comBlogger11125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-72114026049275233252011-02-13T21:04:24.118-06:002011-02-13T21:04:24.118-06:00The phrase "Venn diagram" appears approx...The phrase "Venn diagram" appears approximately 35+ minutes into Ben Affleck's movie "The Town" ... a police captain reviewing the evidence in a bank robbery says "You need a f**ng Venn diagram to keep track of these guys."<br /><br />Of course, perhaps that should have been "nonplanar graph". :)Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-13209653299250533942011-01-25T10:57:35.717-06:002011-01-25T10:57:35.717-06:00The phrase "zero-sum game" seems to be u...The phrase "zero-sum game" seems to be used almost arbitrarily by non-mathematicians.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-28929464663494887402011-01-23T17:30:02.934-06:002011-01-23T17:30:02.934-06:00In the first film of the three part movie DEATH NO...In the first film of the three part movie DEATH NOTE (based on the Japanese anime series with the same name) detective L tries to explain that a series of mysterious deaths are not a random event by showing how a random distribution of deaths would approach the normal distribution and how the current distribution of deaths is far away from being normal distribution. From that, he concludes that the deaths must be non-random murdersAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-45381502859356261102011-01-21T09:01:18.622-06:002011-01-21T09:01:18.622-06:00The use of "Zeno's dilemma" is incor...The use of "Zeno's dilemma" is incorrect, since the duration of each episode should be half of the previous one. The infinite sum of episodes durations still the same ;)Laminenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-44113145570506698012011-01-20T20:06:29.265-06:002011-01-20T20:06:29.265-06:00GASARCH asks for "math terms in a non-math co...GASARCH asks for <i>"math terms in a non-math context"</i><br /><br />Surely GASARCH has set forth a Great Topic ... that is, a topic whose opposite is also a Great Topic ... that great opposite being <i>"non-math terms in a math context."</i><br /><br />A good example can be found in Giles Foden's recent novel <i>Turbulence</i> ... on of the rare novels in which PDE's and information theory play a central role. In this novel we find mathematician/ prodigy/ protagonist Henry Meadows musing as follows: <br /><br />-----------------<br /><i>"He did not have the intellectual power or ethical rigor of the others who sat, figuratively speaking, around that table, but he had something none of the rest of us had. Conversational force and the ability to make a narrative of a scientific forecast. The latter ability, especially, is a really important quality in a forecaster. <br /><br />But if the story's wrong then the whole team is in the soup."</i><br />-----------------<br /><br />Here the non-math word appearing in a math context is <i>narrative</i>.<br /><br />Broadly speaking, when a mathematical narrative is fiction explicitly, we call it a "novel" ... when it is fiction implicitly---commonly in the form of a morality tale or an utopian fantasy---we call it a "roadmap." :)<br /><br />Giles Foden has written a wonderful novel on this theme ... his previous work includes the excellent <i>The Last King of Scotland</i> ... it would be good for mathematics if there were more writers like Foden.John Sidleshttp://www.mrfm.orgnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-71944798157155247712011-01-20T15:29:13.285-06:002011-01-20T15:29:13.285-06:00An interesting crowdsourcing approach to ranking c...An interesting crowdsourcing approach to ranking computer science departments: http://www.allourideas.org/computersciencerankingsAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-11989706260984137152011-01-20T14:12:32.115-06:002011-01-20T14:12:32.115-06:00http://twitter.com/#!/JohnVennFRShttp://twitter.com/#!/JohnVennFRSJohn Venn, FRShttp://twitter.com/#!/JohnVennFRSnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-85018681390840746982011-01-20T14:07:08.805-06:002011-01-20T14:07:08.805-06:00Until reading this post, I didn't even know th...Until reading this post, I didn't even know that Venn diagrams had a mathematical origin. They seem like obvious, "every day" structures, like lists. We used Venn diagrams often in school, but mostly I remember them in English and the social sciences, I don't remember ever seeing one in math class.Vadim Pnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-88166404952378268882011-01-20T13:35:12.540-06:002011-01-20T13:35:12.540-06:00Venn diagrams are very well known to the public, e...Venn diagrams are very well known to the public, especially to the younger generations. Venn diagrams have actually been a weak kind of internet meme lately. Here's one of my favorites: <a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_MLXFXcbMy4Q/SsX25Q-0xCI/AAAAAAAACtk/PdZZCMBOB68/s1600/VennDiagram_jesus.gif" rel="nofollow">Zombie-Frankenstein-Dracula Venn Diagram</a><br /><br />And <a href="http://www.nerve.com/web/internet-meme-hall-of-fame/the-internet-meme-hall-of-fame-the-venn-diagram" rel="nofollow">here are some others</a>.Xamuelhttp://www.xamuel.comnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-87753485281025169742011-01-20T11:46:48.897-06:002011-01-20T11:46:48.897-06:00I must have filled out dozens of Venn diagrams in ...I must have filled out dozens of Venn diagrams in high (and middle) school in English and history when comparing and contrasting characters, time periods, policies -- everything!<br />Is this unusual? I just checked the Wikipedia page, and was shocked that it only mentioned non-math applications in passing:<br />"Since then [the 1960s], they have also been adopted by other curriculum fields such as reading."Andy Parrishhttp://www.math.ucsd.edu/~atparris/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-85893223664642790372011-01-20T11:29:18.704-06:002011-01-20T11:29:18.704-06:00Just this week a member of my church leadership, n...Just this week a member of my church leadership, not a math person at all, referred to "the kayak", by which she meant the intersection of two properties. (Her reasoning was that the part of the two-set Venn diagram representing the intersection is shaped like a kayak seen from above.)<br /><br />My WV is "taxido", which is a vehicle used to take you to a black-tie dinner.DaveMBhttp://www.cs.umass.edu/~barringnoreply@blogger.com