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IMA Public Lecture
How Hard Can It Be?
November 2, 2006


Applications of Algebraic Geometry (September 2006 - June 2007)
Margaret H. Wright
Silver Professor of Computer Science
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University

7:00 pm, Willey Hall 125    Map

Abstract:

Some problems in life are very hard (achieving world peace) while others are, at least for many of us, pretty easy (eating a good breakfast). How can we figure out which are which? Math can often tell us precisely how hard real-world problems are—but not always. We'll look at easy problems, hard problems, the sources of hardness, and puzzling instances where problems are invariably easier than today's math says they should be.



Math Matters lectures feature distinguished mathematicians and scientists who are also superb expositors able to illuminate the role mathematics is playing in understanding our world and shaping our lives. The lectures are aimed at a broad audience.

 

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