Pythia was a powerful and respected woman in Ancient Greece. She was the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. I was surprised to read in the Wikipedia article that the name Pythia is derived from the verb πύθειν (púthein) which means “to rot”; I find this to be unlikely. An etymology that sounds […]

Costis Daskalakis has won this year the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize. This is a great distinction for Costis that recognizes the high quality, depth, breadth, and impact of his research work.  Quanta Magazine has a very nice article about Costis that is worth reading. Συγχαρίκια Κωνσταντίνε! Πάντα τέτοια.    

I am blogging from Lyon where I find myself for the Web Conference 2018.  So far, I’ve attended many interesting talks. I enjoyed a lot Jon Kleinberg’s talk on procrastination. George Akerlof noticed that instead of sending a package by mail with one time-effort of cost , he preferred to postpone this every day until […]

It is well known that President Obama was a strong supporter of computer science, and was the first US President to write code. During his presidency, brain teasers were published from the White House web page. I came across this nice riddle that illustrates how Boolean logic can be used  to achieve  success in cooperation. […]

     Let’s say that you have 100$ and you want to invest your money wisely. There are two hedge funds that interest you, both of which have the same expected return. How should you invest your 100$? Does it matter if you split it in half, or if you invest all of your money […]

  About a month ago, my son Eftychios, a healthy little boy was born here in Boston. I feel so blessed, that I could not omit to acknowledge the happiness he brought to my life. Ι did that in my first three papers as a dad, a special type of a trilogy. For those interested, […]

I recently saw a post from OpenCulture, that I explored, and tweeted about: the shortest known paper published in a serious math journal. The Shortest-Known Paper Published in a Serious Math Journal: Two Succinct Sentences https://t.co/6cjmgqOsDC via @openculture — Babis Τsourakakis (@Tsourolampis) March 21, 2017 I wrote few lines of C++ code to search for […]