Jim Sanderson, Two Careers: Computational Scientist and Conservationist

Posted by Cleve Moler,

Jim Sanderson has had a fascinating professional life. He was my PhD student in math at the University of New Mexico in the 1970s. He spent almost 20 years as a computational scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, working on the lab's supercomputers. He then developed an interest in ecology, went back to school, and is now the world's leading authority on the preservation of small wild cats around the world.... read more >>

Bug Report Revives Interest in SVD Option of “Eigshow”

Posted by Cleve Moler,

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A few days ago we received email from Mike Hennessey, a mechanical engineering professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has been reading my book "Numerical Computing with MATLAB" very carefully. Chapter 7 is about "Eigenvalues and Singular Values" and section 10.3 is about one of my all-time favorite MATLAB demos, eigshow. Mike discovered an error in my description of the svd option of eigshow that has gone unnoticed in the over ten years that the book has been available from both the MathWorks web site and SIAM.... read more >>

19 Dubious Ways to Compute the Zeros of a Polynomial 2

Posted by Cleve Moler,

During the SIAM Annual Meeting this summer in Boston there will be a special minisymposium Wednesday afternoon, July 13, honoring Charlie Van Loan, who is retiring at Cornell. (I use "at" because he's not leaving Ithaca.) I will give a talk titled "19 Dubious Way to Compute the Zeros of a Polynomial", following in the footsteps of the paper about the matrix exponential that Charlie and I wrote in 1978 and updated 25 years later. I really don't have 19 ways to compute polynomial zeros, but then I only have a half hour for my talk. Most of the methods have been described previously in this blog. Today's post is mostly about "roots".... read more >>

Math and Music 4

Posted by Cleve Moler,

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What does $\sqrt[12]{2}$ have to do with music? What are equal temperament and just intonation? How can the MATLAB function rats help tune a piano? (This post is based in part on the Music chapter in my online book, Experiments in MATLAB.)... read more >>

Further Twists of the Moebius Strip 2

Posted by Cleve Moler,

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The equations generating a surf plot of the Moebius strip can be parameterized and the parameters allowed to take on expanded values. The results are a family of surfaces that I have been displaying for as long as I have had computer graphics available.... read more >>

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