[Computational Complexity] Paul Fortnow (1937-1980)
My father passed away 25 years ago today. I thought I would share some of the lessons I learned from him.
- Once you win an argument, stop arguing.
- Always play to win. He would always take a handicap and play his hardest rather than dumb down his play particularly in chess, his favorite game.
- When he went to college, the engineers measured their prowess in the number of digits of precision they could get from their slide rules. I guess he didn't get enough digits as he gave up engineering and eventually went into marketing.
- The extra character in a movie that seems to serve no purpose is the one that committed the murder.
- He said "When you grow up and drive you can choose the radio station." Like my daughters let me get away with that.
- Nixon really was a crook.
- Given enough money, there is nothing anyone won't do.
- He meticulously taught me how to keep score in baseball as this is a skill every American should know. He then told me never to keep score as it distracts from the game.
- The two course he regretted not taking in college were art and music appreciation. So I took art appreciation in my first year. Big mistake. For the record the two courses I wish I took were economics and mathematical logic.
Posted by Lance to Computational Complexity at 3/21/2005 05:20:00 AM