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My academic lineage and more interesting facts that come out of it

 I got my PhD from Harvard in 1985 with advisor Harry LewisHarry Lewis got his PhD from Harvard in 1974 with advisor Burton Dreben (Dreben was in the Philosophy...

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The New Jeopardy Champion is a `A CS grad student from a school in New Haven'

 As of Sept 17, Matt Amodio has won 23 straight games in a row on Jeopardy and won over $800,000 in regular play. The following website is not quite up to date,...

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Review of A Blog Book based on the Less Wrong Blog

 There is a blog called lesswrong. Many people contribute to it (how many people must contribute to a website before it stops being called a blog and starts being...

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Guest Post on Solving (or trying to) Poly Diophantine Equations by Bogdan Grechuk

(Guest post by Bogdan Grechuk) Motivated by Mathoverflow question here I have recently became interested in solving Polynomial Diophantine equations, thathere...

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Since we will soon be back in the classroom, how was Zoom? Anything you want to maintain?

UMCP will have all classes on campus this Fall. There is a Mask Mandate. All students and faculty have to get vaccinated unless they have a health or religiousthis...

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When Words Get Stretched Beyond Their Original meaning

STORY ONE: On a Jeopardy rerun with Alex Trebek the question (actually the answer, given the shows format) was (I paraphrase)Who resigned his commision in the US...

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What are the most important 46 papers in Computer Science? Harry Lewis has a book about them!

 (Disclosure:  Harry Lewis was my PhD advisor. For a blog post on  disclosures and bias see my post on that topic here.)Harry Lewis has a book out: Ideas that Created...

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Combing two posts: Blankface (Scott Aa) and Is Science Slowing Down? (Scott Al)

(I also posted this to the Less Wrong Website. At least I tried to- I don't quite know if or when it will appear there as its my first post there.) Some papersblankfaces...

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Do Four Colors Suffice?

(Guest Post by David Marcus)Comment by Bill: Haken and Appel proved that all planar maps are 4-colorable. Or did they? David Marcus emailed me that its not quite...

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I wish problems I have with computers really were my fault

 As you know, the website for out for a few days, as Lance explained here.When I first could not get to the this blog  my thought wasOH, I must have changed some...

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Political Intersections: Trump honors Antifa member who was shot dead by police

 1) Trump and other reps have said the following about the Jan 6 event at various times:a) The Jan 6 event was freedom fighters who were fighting the noble fight...

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Would you take this bet (Part 2) ?

 Recall from my last post (here)I offer you the following bet: I will flip a coin.If  HEADS you get 1 dollar and we end there.If TAILS I flip againIf  HEADS you...

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Would you take this bet (Part 1) ?

 I am going to present a well known paradox (I didn't know it until last week, but the source I read said it was well known) and ask your opinion in this post,...

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Someone thinks I am a fine artist! Why?

A while back I got an  email asking me to submit to a Fine Arts Journal. Why me? Here are some possibilities:1) They were impressed with my play: Sure he created...

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I went to the ``debate'' about Program Verif and the Lipton-Demillo-Perlis paper

On Thursday June 17 I went to (on zoom- does that need to be added anymore?)A Debate on Program CorrectnessThere was no subtitle but it could have been:Have the...

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Benny Chor (1956-2021)

Benny Chor passed away on June 10, 2021. Luca Trevisan had a blog post on the news.We present a guest post on Benny Chor's life and works by Oded Goldreich. The...

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When do you use et al. as opposed to listing out the authors? First names? Middle initials? Jr?

 If I was refering to the paper with bibtex entry: @misc{BCDDL-2018,  author    = {Jeffrey Bosboom and               Spencer Congero and               Erik D. Demaine...

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What is a natural question? Who should decide?

(Thanks to Timothy Chow for inspiring this post.)My survey on Hilbert's Tenth Problem(see  here) is about variants of the problem. One of them is as follows: For...

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Why do countries and companies invest their own money (or is it?) in Quantum Computing (Non-Rhetorical)

 There have been some recent blog posts by Scott (see here) and Lance (see here)  about the hype for SHORT TERM APPLICATIONS of Quantum Computing, which they both...

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Trump, Facebook, and ComplexityBlog

 I care about the Facebook decision to ban Trump, but I do not have a strong opinion about it. I have heard arguments on both sides now, from up and down, and still...
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