a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
"William E. Emba"|
P vs NP is perhaps the greatest problem of theoretical computer science,
and has attracted attention of a range of mathematicians, from logic
to topology. It's one of the seven Clay Millennium Prize problems
It also has connections with theoretical cryptography.
In "Antibodies", the discovery that P=NP (which is described with some
plausible mathematical jargon) provokes a peculiar, frightened, and
rather unexpected reaction. (But rather funny from outside.)
I started reading Charles Stross a year ago and I can't stop. "Antibodies" is the first short story of him I've read so far and after finishing it last night I couldn't get to sleep because I was overwhelmed by the dozens of ideas that are packed into the last few pages.
The central idea of this story is that P = NP and that this discovery has huge consequences. As a student of informatics I was thrilled to see historical persons and theorems of math, which I only encountered in my theoretical lectures so far, in a SF-story. It also animated me to look for more information about the origins of computer science.
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May 2016: I am experimenting with a new feature which will print a picture of the cover and a link to the Amazon.com page for a work of mathematical fiction when it is available. I hope you find this useful and convenient. In any case, please write to let me know if it is because I would be happy to either get rid of it or improve it if that would be better for you. Thanks! -Alex
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