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The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible

Lance Fortnow


The P versus NP problem is the most important open problem in computer science, if not all of mathematics. Simply stated, it asks whether every problem whose solution can be quickly checked by computer can also be quickly solved by computer. This book provides a nontechnical introduction to P versus NP, its rich history, and its algorithmic implications for everything we do with computers and beyond. The book traces the history and development of P versus NP, giving examples from a variety of disciplines, including economics, physics, and biology. It explores problems that capture the full dif ... More

Keywords: P versus NP problem, computer science, algorithms, computers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691175782
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691175782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lance Fortnow, author
Georgia Institute of Technology