William J. Cook


On his book In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation

Cover Interview of February 13, 2012


In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman aims to spread the word that mathematics is alive and well.

In the TSP we have a simply stated problem that nonetheless gets to the heart of modern complexity issues and has important applications in numerous settings.  The fact that future progress, and perhaps a million-dollar prize, may lie at the tip of the reader’s pencil can hopefully serve to capture the attention and imagination of young and old alike.

If I can attract a few people to join the next generation of applied mathematicians, then the book will have been a success.