The P=NP Question and Gödel's Lost Letter

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9781489992727: The P=NP Question and Gödel's Lost Letter

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“This book … collects and edits the highlights from Lipton’s ongoing blog, rounded out by cross-references and a useful index and bibliography. … the book offers a different experience and a framed portrait of the state of the art. … Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries.” (D. V. Feldman, Choice, Vol. 48 (9), May, 2011)

“The P=NP question is certainly one of the most important problems in mathematics and computer science (CS). What makes this book unique and delightful is that it gives proper weight to the question rather than the technicalities. Each chapter is based on one of Lipton’s blog posts, and readers can jump from chapter to chapter to find his beautifully written thoughts and insights. … In fact, anyone who is highly motivated by this interesting subject that relates science with reality should read it.” (Hector Zenil, ACM Computing Reviews, March, 2011)

“This book collects some entries of the author’s blog on Gödel’s lost letter and P = NP … . It is an enjoyable and lively introduction to some impressive achievements in the field of complexity theory.” (Thierry Coquand, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1215, 2011)

Vom Verlag:

? DoesP=NP. In just ?ve symbols Dick Karp –in 1972–captured one of the deepest and most important questions of all time. When he ?rst wrote his famous paper, I think it’s fair to say he did not know the depth and importance of his question. Now over three decades later, we know P=NP is central to our understanding of compu- tion, it is a very hard problem, and its resolution will have potentially tremendous consequences. This book is a collection of some of the most popular posts from my blog— Godel ¨ Lost Letter andP=NP—which I started in early 2009. The main thrust of the blog, especially when I started, was to explore various aspects of computational complexity around the famousP=NP question. As I published posts I branched out and covered additional material, sometimes a timely event, sometimes a fun idea, sometimes a new result, and sometimes an old result. I have always tried to make the posts readable by a wide audience, and I believe I have succeeded in doing this.

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