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

Rustom Mody rustompmody at gmail.com
Fri Jul 24 07:15:28 CEST 2015


On Friday, July 24, 2015 at 2:59:41 AM UTC+5:30, Marko Rauhamaa wrote:
> Chris :
> 
> > 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.

Probably shows more than anything else how siloed university depts are:

http://www.amazon.in/Topology-Cambridge-Theoretical-Computer-Science/dp/0521576512


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