Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Rise of Mixed Precision Arithmetic

For the last 30 years, most floating point calculations in scientific computing have been carried out in 64-bit IEEE double precision arithmetic, which provides the elementary operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division at a relative accuracy of about . … Continue reading

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Companion Authors Speaking About Their Work

The authors of articles in The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics are very active in giving talks about their work and about the subject in general. I have collected a set of links to videos (or, in some cases, audio … Continue reading

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Famous Mathematicians and The Princeton Companion

The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics has a 23-page Part I article “History of Applied Mathematics”, but apart from that it does not contain any articles with a historical or biographical emphasis. In designing the book we felt that the … Continue reading

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How to Use The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics

The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics, discussed in these previous posts, has a wide target audience, which includes mathematicians at undergraduate level or above; students, researchers, and professionals in other subjects who use mathematics; and mathematically interested lay readers. Here … 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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