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Beyond Computation: The P vs. NP Question lecture at Berkeley City College, May 9

30 April 2014

Announcement_BCC“Beyond Computation: The P vs. NP Question” is the topic of a Fri., May 9 presentation at Berkeley City College by Dr. Michael Sipser, the Barton L. Weller Professor of Mathematics and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The lecture examines whether every problem for which a solution can be easily verified by a computer can also be easily solved by a computer. An answer to this question would reveal the potential for computers to solve puzzles, crack codes, prove theorems, and optimize many practical tasks.

Presented by the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College, the event is made possible in part by a gift from the Simons Foundation. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion.

The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in Berkeley City College’s auditorium 2050 Center St., between Shattuck Ave. & Milvia St., Berkeley. Admission is free but seating is limited. You must register for a seat at http://simons.berkeley.edu/events/michael-sipser-register

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