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

Laura Creighton lac at openend.se
Thu Jul 23 23:52:43 CEST 2015

In a message of Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:29:28 +0300, Marko Rauhamaa writes:
>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?
>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.

I have a very good freind who is a knot-theorist.  (Chad Musick, who
may have proven something wonderful.) see: http://chadmusick.wikidot.com/knots
He says there are lots of applications for this in the field of circuit
board layouts.  And most mathematicians accept knot-theory as part of


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