Prog/Math/Sci summary: August 2016

Sep 8, 2016   #monthly 

Some interesting stuff, in no particular order:

  • I didn’t know Knuth even had a book on Surreal numbers, but here1 is his humorous recounting of how it was written.

  • There’s always more room at the bottom … this Economist article2 mentions a recent breakthrough, where scientists were able to store a paragraph of text on individual atoms at the relatively not-so-cold temperature of -196 degress celsius.

  • James Noble of “Notes on Post-Modern programming” returns with a sequel3

  • I’m always interested in posssible zones of “incommensurability” in computer science, and most of such things have to do with people disagreeing4 on what “types” mean …

  • … but occasionally disagreeing more broadly5, about what computer science is.

  • There has to be some depressing link shared every month, so here’s6 a discussion of trust and power in today’s Internet.

  • Finally, everything old is going to be new again7, and vice versa, so there isn’t really anything to worry about, unless you want to, that is. Hardware becomes softwre becomes hardware, general becomes specific becomes general, and so on.