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Applied Mathematics Workflow

This blog, which is almost three years old, is titled “Applied mathematics, software and workflow”. Workflow refers to everything involved in a research activity except the actual research. It’s about how to do many different things: edit and typeset a … Continue reading

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What is Applied Mathematics For?

Those of us working in applied mathematics are well aware that our field has many important uses in the real world. But if we are put on the spot during a conversation and asked to give some examples it can … Continue reading

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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

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A New Source of Data Errors: Scanning and Photocopying

In numerical analysis courses we discuss condition numbers as a means for measuring the sensitivity of the solution of a problem to perturbations in the data. Traditionally, we say there are three main sources of data errors: Rounding errors in … Continue reading

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