Rasmus asks for a Top 10 list of theory results that have had a profound impact outside theory. Especially, he wants such a list with results from the past 25 years only.
That is something that we should all be armed with, yet I cannot find a good list. I was hoping to find something on TheoryMatters, but that project seems to have been hijacked by the lens-to-sciences view, and has very little concrete things about what we have already done. While that may be good for NSF and the US administration, we should also be prepared to show that Theory Matters for Computer Science.
(Incidentally, this reminds me of a great quote by Shang-Hua Teng: "When I came to the US, I learned about the notion of discrimination. But before I discovered discrimination against Blacks, Hispanics, etc, I discovered discrimination against theory in CS departments.")
- post a link to some similar lists out there
- or suggest your favorite entries for such a list. Ideally, the top 10 list would be compelling enough to be more like 10 lines than 10 pages with explanations, but maybe I'm asking for too much...