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Stories by Markus Pössel

A Trip Down Read-Only Memory Lane with William Kahan

A Trip Down Read-Only Memory Lane with William Kahan

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]).

September 30, 2013 — Markus Pössel
Applied Purity

Applied Purity

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.

September 20, 2013 — Markus Pössel
Escaping the Confucian trap

Escaping the Confucian trap

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.

September 18, 2013 — Markus Pössel
The Meta Post to the 6 out of 200 Series

The Meta Post to the 6 out of 200 Series

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”.

September 16, 2013 — Markus Pössel
“My brain is in town”

“My brain is in town”

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.

September 16, 2013 — Markus Pössel
Stories by Markus Pössel

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