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

Grant Edwards invalid at invalid.invalid
Fri Jul 24 02:07:51 CEST 2015

On 2015-07-23, Marko Rauhamaa <marko at pacujo.net> wrote:
> 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.

You can always pick out the topologist at a conference: he's the one
trying to dunk his coffee cup in his doughnut.

[Hey, how often do you get to use a topology  joke.]


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