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The Golden Ticket

I picked up Lance Fortnow’s new book The Golden Ticket: P, NP and the Search for the Impossible.  Lance is chair of the School of Computer Science at my alma mater Georgia Tech (I got my PhD there in Industrial Engineering) and the co-author of the excellent Computational Complexity blog. The title of the book comes […]

A Love Letter to the Traveling Salesman Problem

Bill Cook of Georgia Tech has a new book out on the Traveling Salesman Problem entitled “In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman” from Princeton University Press (or from Amazon or B&N).  Unlike his previous book (with David Applegate, Bob Bixby and Vašek Chvátal), this book is aimed at a general audience. Bill takes his readers down a […]

The Plight of the Traveling Politician

Bill Cook, Professor at Georgia Tech, has an article in the “Campaign Stops” blog of the New York Times outlining the plight of the candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. presidency currently campaigning in Iowa.  It is a quirk of American politics that  a small state can take on outsized importance in […]

Reading “Numbers Rule” by Szpiro

It is Labor Day weekend here in the US, so, in addition to the mandatory grilling and bicycling with Alexander, I have some time to laze about on the porch reading books (and drinking beer, which is also legally required in my jurisdiction).  I have been reading Numbers Rule by George Szpiro.  This is a […]

Operations Research in Summertime Reading

I am just back from attending the PATAT (Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling) Conference in Belfast, a conference I will write about in the next few days.  During the trip, I was never without my trusty itouch.  I used to travel with a Kindle, but since I started downloading my Kindle books to my […]

Great Book on Integer Programming

I just received the book “50 Years of Integer Programming 1958-2008”  published by Springer and edited by the blue-ribbon group of  Michael Jünger, Thomas Liebling, Denis Naddef, George Nemhauser, William Pulleyblank, Gerhard Reinelt, Giovanni Rinaldi, and Laurence Wolsey (full disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy, presumably hoping I would post something entitled “Great Book on […]

Meet Steve Baker at INFORMS

Steve Baker, Business Week writer and author of The Numerati, will be signing books at the INFORMS conference Sunday evening reception, starting around 7:30PM.  Be sure to stop by and chat with Steve for a bit:  he is full of great stories on how data is being used to predict individual behavior, for good and […]

Pushing back boundaries

It is 1AM here in Cork, and an adenoidal singer with a very eclectic song selection is screaming outside my hotel window, making it difficult to sleep. So I am reading “The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch” by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen. Terry Pratchett is my second favorite author (next to […]

The Numerati

Stephen Baker of BusinessWeek has just published a book entitled The Numerati, and has a blog related to the book.  The purpose of the book is to look how mathematicians are using data to to profile people in their shopping, voting, and even dating habits. I am not exactly an unbiased reader of the book.  […]

Opening Session at IFORS

After a somewhat rocky start (an electricity substation in Joburg failed, resulting in large traffic delays, so the student assistants were late so the rooms didn’t have computers on time), the IFORS conference officially opened with a fantastic opening session. Of course, I am biased, since I am on the IFORS board with responsibility for […]