tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post743693179363652449..comments2020-10-29T13:56:19.634-05:00Comments on Computational Complexity: Feeling UnderappreciatedLance Fortnowhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06752030912874378610noreply@blogger.comBlogger5125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-75201623572344953742015-03-22T21:31:36.208-05:002015-03-22T21:31:36.208-05:00No, he was more amused, as am I, that the only sou...No, he was more amused, as am I, that the only source of this proof is slides and not a more formal paper. I wonder about that--- the slides are actually the full proof though I think you need me pointing at stuff and flapping my gums to really understand it. Perhaps in the future we'll have DVDs of profs proving things instead of papers.<br /><br />If I ever write a survey of proofs of the Canonical Ramsey Theorem then I'll include the proof there. OR make a 2-hour movie of it. I'll invite Kevin Bacon to assist and get my Bacon-Erdos number down.GASARCHhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06134382469361359081noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-68068759152263399082015-03-22T17:10:07.351-05:002015-03-22T17:10:07.351-05:00"He was a bit surprised (though still pleased..."He was a bit surprised (though still pleased) that the only written account of the finite version was on my slides."<br /><br />Was he hoping you'd write a paper and cite him?<br /><br />Should you?<br />Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-47198806331914580792015-03-19T16:34:52.663-05:002015-03-19T16:34:52.663-05:00What about people whose work is unappreciated by t...What about people whose work is unappreciated by the community, but who have a sinking feeling that the community (in this case) is right...?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-10667227031751262372015-03-19T12:57:26.750-05:002015-03-19T12:57:26.750-05:00Very well said Lance!Very well said Lance!Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3722233.post-48018341176619010932015-03-19T09:35:34.165-05:002015-03-19T09:35:34.165-05:00Citations- Certainly good, but you should distingu...Citations- Certainly good, but you should distinguish the important ones. I was once miffed (is that the word?) because there was a paper that was a DIRECT sequel to mine, but the authors said<br /><br />Others have worked on similar problems [CITE 20 papers]<br /><br />The fact that my paper was the main one got lost in the list.<br /><br />People react differently when you tell them you've read there work.<br /><br />One logician who I told `I really liked that paper you wrote that solved my open problem' just grumbled and didn't care.<br /><br />One logician who I told `I did a finite version of your proof and taught it in my class'<br />was really happy about that. He was a bit surprised (though still pleased) that the only written account of the finite version was on my slides.<br /><br />My book Bounded Queries in Recursion Theory got a high honor recently-- it is now available for illegal download! Makes me feel all gooey inside.GASARCHhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/06134382469361359081noreply@blogger.com