History of Khachiyan’s result

 

 

 

 

Khachiyan’s article outlining how to use the ellipsoid algorithm to solve linear programming in polynomial time appeared in Doklady in early 1979.  In late 1979, the great Gina Kolata wrote an extremely admirable article about it in Science.  The hysterical newspaper reports in the West were based on Kolata’s article.  This hilarious account of the situation by Lawler is a must-read.

 

 

 

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