Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Oracle of Wolfram

In a comment on my earlier note about Wolfram Alpha, Daniel Asimov takes me to task for failing to explain “what Wolfram Alpha is.” I’ll accept the criticism, but I have to add that the question he raises is a … Continue reading

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Not up to norm

I have a new column out in American Scientist, on “compressive sensing”: When you take a photograph with a digital camera, the sensor behind the lens has just a few milliseconds to gather in a huge array of data. A … Continue reading

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Treats Tropiques

I’ve let the tropical mathematics bandwagon pass me by. It’s not that I’ve been unaware. I noticed the stream of preprints, the special session at a joint mathematics meeting a few years back, workshops in Palo Alto and Moscow, upcoming … Continue reading

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