Category Archives: miscellaneous

Reflections on a SIAM Presidency

My two-year term as SIAM President ended on December 31, 2018. It’s been an exciting and enjoyable two years, not least because of the excellent SIAM staff, leadership and other volunteers I’ve worked with. My blog post Taking Up the … Continue reading

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Top Ten Posts of 2018

According to the WordPress statistics, this blog received over 42,000 visitors and 73,000 views in 2018. These are the ten most-viewed posts published during the year. How to Program log z Tricks and Tips in Numerical Computing Conversations with Gil … Continue reading

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Taking Up the SIAM Presidency

I am honored to be taking over the reins from Pam Cook as president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for the next two years, starting January 1, 2017. Pam remains as past-president during 2017. I look … Continue reading

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Mathematical Word Processing: Historical Snippets

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum’s recent book Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing contains a lot of interesting detail about the early days of word processing, covering the period 1964 to 1984. Most of the book concerns non-scientific writing, though … Continue reading

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Mathematics and Digital Photography

A few months ago I wrote a post Mathematics in Color, in which I discussed some mathematical aspects of color and showed how a simple change of basis from RGB color space to LAB color space can enable dramatic color … Continue reading

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ORCID: Open Researcher and Contributor ID

An Open Researcher and Contributor ID, or ORCID, is a unique identifier for a researcher that allows research outputs to be associated with that researcher. If you have a common name, or have moved institutions during your career, then it … Continue reading

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Manchester Numerical Analysis Reports

This post is an edited and updated version of an article that I published in 2006 in the IMANA Newsletter (“Newsletter of the Numerical Analysis Group of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications”). Very few issues of the Newsletter … Continue reading

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Most Popular Posts of 2015

WordPress provides detailed statistics on views of posts. These are the five most-viewed posts published on thus blog in 2015. The Rise of Mixed Precision Arithmetic (October). Programming Languages: An Applied Mathematics View (September). The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics … Continue reading

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Mathematics at the Victoria University of Manchester

The Victoria University of Manchester (VUM) merged with the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 2004 to form The University of Manchester. The two former Departments of Mathematics joined together to form the School of Mathematics. … Continue reading

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Applied Mathematics Workflow

This blog, which is almost three years old, is titled “Applied mathematics, software and workflow”. Workflow refers to everything involved in a research activity except the actual research. It’s about how to do many different things: edit and typeset a … Continue reading

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