An anonymous reader writes: On the New York Times website, John Markoff writes an article motivated by a CACM article on The Status of the P Versus NP Problem.
It is good to see some press for this great mathematical problem that come as a gift from theoretical computer science. Getting a mention in the Times impresses my mother more than any scientific article ever could.
One of the sentences is tricky to parse :
An esoteric branch of mathematics known as algebraic geometry may offer an avenue to prove or disprove the problem, which was first outlined by Stephen A. Cook, a University of Toronto computer scientist, in 1971.
As you slashdot readers probably know, while Cook and Levine independently outlined the P vs. NP problem, the much more recent algebraic geometry (a mainstream branch of mathematics, not esoteric at all ...) approach is primarily due to Ketan Mulmuley