The Blog of Scott Aaronson If you take just one piece of information from this blog: Quantum computers would not solve hard search problems instantaneously by simply trying all the possible solutions at once.
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5 Responses to “Is it possible to write a competent newspaper article about math?”
I liked the emphasis the article put on the IMO. If people in North America were more excited about it (and the IOI, of course), we would have fewer super-smart guys trying to set records for how fast you can finish highschool and college (essentially out of boredom).
I was also really impressed by this article. I work in a field that involves a lot of differential geometry/topology, and it’s a constant struggle to tell friends/family “what I do.” Even my grandma could understand what the Poincare conjecture and Ricci flows are about after reading this article. I thought their lay description of compactness was also fantastic. Well done, NYT!
What I really liked about the article, if anyone is still reading this thread, is that it accepted that pure mathematics is interesting for its own sake. It did not co-opt the math with physics, computer science, chaology, art, human interest, or math education.