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[Computational Complexity] How Can You Spend $150 Million?

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  • Lance
    Suppose you happen to have $150 million burning in your pocket that you want to use to help the theoretical computer science community ($150 million endowed
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      Suppose you happen to have $150 million burning in your pocket that you want to use to help the theoretical computer science community ($150 million endowed will bring in about $6 million/year) How would you use it?
      • Create an Institute for Theory of Computing?
      • Endow a few theory conferences?
      • Create a 150 millennium prizes?
      • Build a fancy new CS building?
      • Endow 25-30 professorships or a 75-100 postdocs?
      • Hire lots of Fields medalists at ridiculous salaries only if they spend all their time working on the P v NP question?
      • Something else?
      This is all hypothetical, I don't known anyone, outside of the Simons Foundation, who has $150 million ready to spend. 

      $150 million doesn't go as far as it used to. In 1992, Henry Rowan gave $100 million to Glassboro State College in New Jersey, now called Rowan University. How much would it cost to get your name on a university today (say at a large private Midwestern  university with a geographically confusing name)?


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      Posted By Lance to Computational Complexity at 9/14/2010 06:28:00 AM
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