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The Government Did Too Invent the Intern... The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering. Doctor Who (played by Tom Baker), from The Face of Evil (original...
Floating Point Arithmetic in the Bourne ... This is a brief post on quick ways to perform floating point arithmetic in the GNU Bourne Again Shell (BASH), either at the command prompt or in a shell script. It is partially a followup to the post Ten Great Quick Calculators for Computer Users and overlaps some of the content in this previous post. The...
Displaying Error Bars in GNU Octave... This is a brief post showing how to display error bars in GNU Octave, a free open-source numerical programming and analysis tool that is mostly compatible with MATLAB. Octave can display standard two dimensional plots using the plot command. Unfortunately, plot does not support error bars. Fortunately,...
The Mathematics of Autism... This article analyzes the soaring rates of “autism spectrum disorders” reported in the United States and other developed nations over the last twenty to thirty years.  The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced new data that one in eighty-eight (1 in 88) children...
Breaking the Maya Code Video Review... Breaking the Maya Code Year: 2008 Duration: 1 hr 56 minutes Writer/Director: David LeBrun Publisher: Night Fire Films Breaking the Maya Code (2008) is a one hour fifty-six minute video written and directed by David LeBrun from Night Fire Films on the decipherment of the ancient Mayan hieroglyphic script. It...
Ten Great Quick Calculators for Computer... From time to time, computer users may need to perform a quick calculation such as adding or multiplying two large numbers. This is particularly true if the computer user works with numbers in some way: computer graphics, finance, and many other areas. Sophisticated numerical tools such as spreadsheets,...
Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers ... Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of World War II is a documentary produced, directed, and narrated by LeAnn Erickson, a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During World War II, hundreds, possibly thousands of young,...
The Return of the Mythical Man Month... Underestimation of the cost, schedule, and risk of projects is common in software development and especially prevalent in mathematical software development. It is common to encounter extremely optimistic ideas about the duration and difficulty level of mathematical software projects, ironically one of the...
Simulating Cell Chemistry for Health and... Advances in mathematical and computer modeling of cell chemistry may lead to cures or effective treatments for major diseases such as cancer. This article discusses using mathematics and computer models to simulate cell chemistry for health and medicine. First, it discusses why simulating cell chemistry may...
How the Hippies Saved Physics Book Revie... [ReviewAZON name="How the Hippies Saved Physics" id="2" display="inlinepost" asin="0393076369" trackingid="antoniocangia-20" country="us" width="200px" float="left" imagetop="10px"]How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival David Kaiser W.W. Norton and Company, New York,...

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