Edsger W. Dijkstra possessed
an extraordinary ability to communicate elegantly and precisely. I
admire, but could never emulate his ability to put an entire essay into
a single statement. Yesterday I came across the following gem:

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting
than the …

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Posted Sun 09 December 2007
by mcherm
in Programming

About four weeks ago, the project that I was working on was abruptly
canceled. It wasn't that there was anything wrong with the way the
project was going -- there were *lots* of things wrong with the way the
project was going, but the cancellation was due to a change in …

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Posted Mon 03 December 2007
by mcherm
in Programming

Suppose that you have a collection of numbers or perhaps of
WidgetManagerHandles -- could be most anything that can be sorted. We'll
suppose that these are stored in an array and that you can take as much
time as you need beforehand to organize the array, after which we will
try …

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Posted Thu 22 November 2007
by mcherm
in Programming

I was in middle school taking Algebra I when someone, probably another
student, said I should open the textbook to a page about 3/4 of the way
into the book. They pointed to a *terribly* complicated equation and
said "you'll have to learn THAT". Here is the equation:

I …

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Posted Thu 15 November 2007
by mcherm
in Math

If I can't use my own blog to post nicely worked out math problems, then
what good is it?

So the other day, I had a problem to solve. I had two circles (the
initial problem was in 2D, but the solution works for spheres in any
number of dimensions …

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Posted Thu 15 November 2007
by mcherm
in Math