In a previous post, I took a trip down read-only memory lane with William Kahan. On the same trip, Kahan told me about his first commercial programming job.
I’ve already written here about the weirdness of certain floating point operations – the case of the misbehaving Excel spreadsheet in particular – taking my cues, and my examples, from floating point pioneer William Kahan (notably this set of slides [PDF]).
Giving in to a sudden impulse of vanity, this is what I believe to be the first selfie I’ve ever posted online. To be fair, we share responsibility for posting this picture on the Internet.
There’s a well-known way of arranging fields of study according to “purity”. This xkcd cartoon shows how it’s done: It’s not surprising that those who are fondest of this simplified view are physicists and mathematicians, but that’s not the point I want to make.
We’re going to have quite a number of interesting laureates in town. But before we go live, so to speak, let me blog about a laureate who, sadly, couldn’t come.
One of many ways of characterizing the typical HLF attendee is probably the fact that, when faced with a blog article series called “6 out of 200“, their first reaction is not likely to be “oh, cool, let me read about six of the other 200 young researchers attending the meeting”.
Paul Erdős was in many ways a mathematician’s mathematician – the most prolific researcher in mathematics in terms of article number, and legendary for the number of his collaborations.