The Golden Ticket

The Golden Ticket

P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible

Book - 2013
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"The P-NP problem is the most important open problem in computer science, if not all of mathematics. The Golden Ticket provides a nontechnical introduction to P-NP, its rich history, and its algorithmic implications for everything we do with computers and beyond. In this informative and entertaining book, Lance Fortnow traces how the problem arose during the Cold War on both sides of the Iron Curtain, and gives examples of the problem from a variety of disciplines, including economics, physics, and biology. He explores problems that capture the full difficulty of the P-NP dilemma, from discovering the shortest route through all the rides at Disney World to finding large groups of friends on Facebook. But difficulty also has its advantages. Hard problems allow us to safely conduct electronic commerce and maintain privacy in our online lives.The Golden Ticket explores what we truly can and cannot achieve computationally, describing the benefits and unexpected challenges of the P-NP problem"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
ISBN: 9780691156491
Branch Call Number: 511.352 FORTNOW
Characteristics: x, 176 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 25, 2014

I had a deja vu experience reading this book, I felt as if I was reading a George Leonard book on education or his other book, The Ultimate Athlete. I confess I was lost as to whatever brilliance this book and problem was positing. The equation or problem sounds highly trivial, exactly the opposite of a nontrivial problem or event. (I suspect the creation of the Eureqa program at Cornell has already solved this problem.)


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