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Monthly Archives: September 2015
Top Tips for New LaTeX Users
This article is aimed at relatively new users. It is written particularly for my own students, with the aim of helping them to avoid making common errors. The article exists in two forms: this WordPress blog post and a PDF … Continue reading
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Programming Languages: An Applied Mathematics View
A lot of applied mathematics relies on computation, whether symbolic or numeric, so many applied mathematicians need to program as part of their work. It was therefore natural to include an article on programming languages in The Princeton Companion to … Continue reading
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Wobbly Tables
In The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics (page 50) I mention that a fourlegged table provides an example of an illposed problem. If we take a table having four legs of equal length lying on a flat surface and shorten … Continue reading
Mathematics in Color
Color is a fascinating subject. Important early contributions to our understanding of it came from physicists and mathematicians such as Newton, Young, Grassmann, Maxwell, and Helmholtz. Today, the science of color measurement and description is well established and we rely … Continue reading
Knuth on Knowing Your Audience
Donald Knuth has a great ability to summarize things in pithy, quotable nuggets. A good example is the following sentence from his 2001 book Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About: The amount of terror that lives in a speaker’s … Continue reading