Bringing the Text to Life
Chris Gottbrath is no slacker.
In spite of the fact that he wrote an academic treatise he fondly calls "The Slack Paper," this astronomer/computer engineer/swing music lover is no sluggard, at least intellectually. In this essay, Gottbrath unleashes a barrage of high-powered mathematical calculations to answer this timeless question: If you're running a long race, should you take the slow and steady approach, or chill at the back of the pack and then sprint from behind to win?
Aesop, of course, favored the methodical pace of the turtle over the rabbit's last minute energy spurt. But Gottbrath begs to differ. He mathematically calculated that a more successful strategy in problem solving begins with slacking off. That's right. Don't touch the project for a while. Go to the beach. Hit the mountains. Kick your feet up. Relax.
Gottbrath's research goes like this: According to "Moores' Law," the computational power available at a particular price doubles every 18 months in your local...