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Out of Clutter, Find Simplicity: Better Numerics

Reading Time: 8 minutes “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (and PEP 8!) Numerical experiments executed on computers are a key part of research in subjects like Computer Science and Physics. I’m going to outline how I recommend researchers organise their data. Be warned, this is a much simplified and opinionated post 🙂 targeted at people with only a small amount of experience in numerics or software

Hamming: You and Your Research

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is a re-post from my previous website. Whilst I prepare my next blog post (several months in the making), here’s a reminder of the brilliant talk by Richard Hamming entitled “You and Your Research”. It’s a must-read for all academics, and I re-read it at least once a year: http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/YouAndYourResearch.html

Lee Smolin on Academia

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is a re-post from my previous website. I recently came across this fantastic quote from Lee Smolin, author of “The Trouble with Physics”, on the nature of academia. Posting it here as a reminder to self. “Like so many things important for life the issues you talk about come down to values. There is to put it simply, an ongoing fight between those of us who do science to