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Comment Re:Everyone runs with fear from NP problems (Score 1) 497

The classic "Computers and Intractibility" book by Garey & Johnston (1979) gave three ways to explain to your boss:
  • I can't find an efficient algorithm, I must be too dumb.
  • I can't find an efficient algorithm, because no such algorithm is possible.
  • I can't find an efficient algorithm, but neither can all these famous people.

Some of us have been going around saying "I must be too dumb" when we get stuck for a few decades now.

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