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Let’s Mention Foundations

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Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

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Dick Lipton is of course the founder and driving writer of this weblog. He is also a computer scientist with a great record of pathbreaking research. The latter has just been recognized, I am delighted and proud to say, with the award of the 2014 Knuth Prize. The prize is awarded jointly by the ACM Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory and the IEEE Technical Committee on the Mathematical Foundations of Computing, and was instituted in 1996, shortly after the formal retirement of the great—and verymuchactive—Donald Knuth.

Today I am glad to give my congratulations in public, and also my thanks for a wonderful and long association.

Only in reading around while writing this post did I learn that Dick won another major honor earlier this year: election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The end of April was crazy with personal and…

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