My review of William Cook’s In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman, in tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal.
I think there’s a misprint: at some point the review says that every fuzzy path is also an ordinary one, but I think you meant the reverse.
Indeed, many people have made me aware of this this morning, I am working on seeing if it can be fixed in the online version.
Your writing has a nice friendly conversational style that’s probably perfect for the intended audience. I think you keep getting better at this.
I’ve known about this problem since I was a kid, but for the first time, while looking at the zig-zag path on the map in the article, I thought to myself, “Oh, an orbit!” Are there known deep connections between any of the TSP class of problems and any of the many forms of dynamical systems, one or both informing us about the other?
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