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MATLAB Guide, Third Edition (2017)

The third edition of MATLAB Guide, which I co-wrote with Des Higham, has just been published by SIAM. It is a major update of the second edition (2005) to reflect the many changes in MATLAB over the last twelve years, … 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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Celebrating Charlie Van Loan

Charlie Van Loan, Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University, retires in summer 2016. Charlie has been a huge inspiration to me and many others, not least through his book Matrix Computations, … Continue reading

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Acronymous Thoughts

According to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (COD, 11th ed., 2004), “An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of other words”. Here are some well-known examples. AIDS: acquired immune deficiency syndrome, laser: light amplification by stimulated emission … Continue reading

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Conference Photo Highlights of 2015

Here are my five favourite photos taken at conferences that I attended in 2015. Salt Lake City The SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, held in Salt Lake City in March, was the largest SIAM conference ever, with almost … 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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Anderson Acceleration

Anderson acceleration, also known in quantum chemistry as Pulay mixing or direct inversion in the iterative subspace (DIIS), is a technique for accelerating the convergence of a fixed-point iteration. It has been widely used in electronic structure computations, but does … Continue reading

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Top Five Tips on Book Writing

I’ve written four books, and am currently writing and editing a fifth (The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics). I am also an editor of two SIAM book series and chair the SIAM Book Committee. Based on this experience here are … Continue reading

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Videos of Lectures from Gene Golub SIAM Summer School 2013

Videos of lectures given by four of the five lecturers at the 2013 Gene Golub SIAM summer school at Fudan University in Shanghai are now available on the summer school website. These include the five 2-hour lectures from my course … Continue reading

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Matrix Functions Course at Gene Golub SIAM Summer School 2013

As described in a previous blog post, I gave a course on matrix functions at the Gene Golub SIAM Summer School in Shanghai last July. Summer Schools are regularly held in Shanghai and it has been traditional to produce a … Continue reading

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