the hot topic in mathematical sciences at the moment is the draft proof that P≠NP (warning: PDF). This is one of the biggest issues in computer science, and one of the Clay Mathematics Institute’s Millennium Problems, so a proof would be Big News in math/CS, and earn the prover a cool $1,000,000. Reaction among blogging theorists is mixed, with some intrigued and at least one willing to bet against it.

So what do I think of the proof? Honestly, this is so far out of my areas of competence that I need Google to remind me what the symbols mean. About all I know is that it’s a Big Deal in computer science. Putting that together with the only other thing I know about computer science, though, namely that it’s a Web *N*.0 (for *N* > 1) world these days, and we’re all open-y citizen-y crowdsource-y scientists now, we can settle this question right now with the Magic of the Internet:

The results of the first 48 hours of voting will be legally binding, as far as you know, so choose wisely, and/ or lobby lots of people to vote for your favorite choice.