Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Strange Case of the Determinant of a Matrix of 1s and -1s

By Nick Higham and Alan Edelman (MIT) In a 2005 talk the second author noted that the MATLAB det function returns an odd integer for a certain 27-by-27 matrix composed of s and s: >> A = edelman; % Set … Continue reading

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Fun Books for Learning Programming

I learned Fortran from the TV course and book by Jeff Rohl. Some years later I came across A FORTRAN Coloring Book by Roger Emanuel Kaufman (MIT Press, 1978). The text is entirely handwritten (even the copyright page), is illustrated … Continue reading

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