Feb 7, Talk at CUNY Graduate Center
by Juris Hartmanis on "P versus NP, Revisited"
Juris Hartmanis
Department of Computer Science, Cornell University
Thursday, February 7, 2002
4:00 p.m., Room 9204
CUNY Graduate School
365 Fifth Avenue, NYC
Abstract:
The P versus NP problem is the best known unsolved problem in theoretical
computer science with deep implications about the limits of feasible
computations and the nature of mathematics. Its solution will be rewarded
by a million dollar prize from the Clay Foundation which ranks it among the
seven most important open problems in mathematics. More important, its
solution will be a major step towards understanding what is feasibly
computable and, indirectly, the limits of feasible rational reasoning. The
solution will also clarify how much harder is it to compute a proof of a
theorem than to check the correctness of a proof.
At the same time, the P versus NP question is only one of many other
important "separation" problems of the rich structure of natural complexity
classes below exponential space. We "know" that these complexity classes
must all be different, but there are no proofs (yet) to support this
belief.
This talk will revisit the P versus NP problem in this broader setting,
review the attempts to solve the separation problems,explore connections
between these problems, and review their relation to descriptive
complexity, oracle computations, and interactive proofs.
For further information, please contact Professor Sergei Artemov
sartemov@gc.cuny.edu