OT Re: Math-embarrassment results in CS [was: Should non-security 2.7 bugs be fixed?]

Marko Rauhamaa marko at pacujo.net
Thu Jul 23 23:29:28 CEST 2015


Chris Angelico <rosuav at gmail.com>:

> Fortunately, we don't need to completely understand it. New Horizons
> reached Pluto right on time after a decade of flight that involved
> taking a left turn at Jupiter... we can predict exactly what angle to
> fire the rockets at in order to get where we want to go, even without
> knowing how that gravity yank works.
>
> Practicality beats purity?

Engineer!

At the time I was in college I heard topology was very fashionable among
mathematicians. That was because it was one of the last remaining
research topics that didn't yet have an application.


Marko


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