When I decided to move, I was very impressed by Stanford’s computer science department’s plan to hire a new complexity theorist every other year, so that the department would be entirely composed of complexity theorists by 2100.

So far we are on track, and I am very excited to welcome our new colleague Ryan Williams.

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The math doesn’t look right. Assuming each complexity theorist will work in Stanford for at most 40 years, then there will be at most 20 complexity theorists at any point of time if there is a successful hiring every other year.

So far, how many complexity theorists are there in Stanford? Only Trevisan and Williams? It seems that there will be a long way to go.

How about Virginia?

This is certainly a great decision for Stanford. I believe that Ryan Williams is going to be a prominent and leading complexity theorist for a long time, tackling fundamental and old questions in the area.

Nice catch, Stanford!

Great for Stanford. Williams is terrific. Great hire.

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