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[Computational Complexity] My last post on steretypes (I hope)

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  • GASARCH
    I was not going to post on stereotypes anymore (my last two posts were on the topic) but three events that span 100 years have inspired me to do to. Event ONE:
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      I was not going to post on stereotypes anymore (my last two posts were on the topic) but three events that span 100 years have inspired me to do to.

      Event ONE:I found a blog that I posted in Aug 1909 which asked if the Americans might catch up to Europe in Mathematics someday. One of the comments on it was
      Look at the German Mathematics Tradition!. Look at the American one. The Americans are so weak my comparison that it must be something about their culture. It is clear that the Germans have always been better than the Americans in Mathematics, and always will be. Will there ever be a American Hilbert? I think not.
      EVENT TWO: I found a blog entry from Aug 1960 which asked if Japan might catch up to American in Engineering and Car Building. One of the comments on it was
      Don't be ridiculous. The fact that the phrase Made in Japan has come to mean that it is of bad quality shows that the Americans are better Manufacturers than the Japanese and always will be.
      EVENT THREE: In Aug 2009 I co-ran a TA orientation with ***SORELLE*** and another grad student ***MAH***. As part of it, everyone was to give me their name, what course they are TAing, what field of CS they want to study, and their favorite TV show. For the TV shows I got the following (probably more that I forget)
      1. So you think you can dance dance dance dance dance.
      2. Friends
      3. The Big Bang Theory
      4. ST-TNG and Babylon 5
      5. Daria and Burn Notice (that was me)
      6. Numb3rs (that was ***SORELLE*** who I respect in everything except taste in TV shows.)
      7. Daily Show and the Colbert Report
      8. I don't' watch TV since its just a mechanism to deliver commercials. (Gee- he could get NETFLIX and get commercial free DVDs.)
      9. I don't watch TV.
      There may have been a few more. However, the person who picked ST-TNG noted that I can't believe in a room full of CS Grad Students I'm the only one who mentioned a Science Fiction Show (READERS: picture this person in your mind.) The stereotype of CS people being Star Trek Fans is out of date. When the recent Star Trek Movie came out Lance posted an Obligatory Star Trek Post. I don't think it is obligatory.

      Why has the link between Star Trek and CS been weakened? I think that both CS and Science Fiction have become more mainstream. Hence CS can overlap with non-Science Fiction and Science Fiction can overlap with NON-CS (actually it probably always did).

      Back to stereotypes. The person who was the only CS Grad Student who mentioned a Science Fiction Show was a female. I suspect that is not the picture you had in your mind.

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      Posted By GASARCH to Computational Complexity at 8/31/2009 10:56:00 AM
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