May the 4th be with you!
I came across the image above in the Slack channel of the University of Hertfordshire Centre for Astrophysics Research. It summarises some of the fundamental knowledge in computer science that was assumed necessary at some point in time: Binar, CPU execution and algorithms.
They refer to 7 algorithms, but actually rather than actual algorithms they are classes:
- Dynamic Programming
- Binary Exponentiation
- String Matching and Parsing
- Primality Testing
Great to have been able to watch Monty Python’s Life of Brian’s we-welease and during Easter. I has aged well!
And remember: “He’s not the Messiah! He’s a very naughty boy!!”
Catching up with some reading. Very timely, PhysicsWorld is covering some new developments in high-spec mass spectroscopy and drug discovery. While The Economist’s front cover is about synthetic biology. Yay!
On my way back to London and making the most of the time in the train to work on my Data Science and Analytics Vol 2 book. Working with #StarWars data to explain Social Network Analysis #datascience #geek
Happy Pi Day 2019
This is pure magic: Byrne’s Euclid by Nicholas Rougeux
THE FIRST SIX BOOKS OF THE ELEMENTS OF EUCLID WITH COLOURED DIAGRAMS AND SYMBOLS
A reproduction of Oliver Byrne’s celebrated work from 1847 plus interactive diagrams, cross references, and posters designed by Nicholas Rougeux – Explore
ABOUT THE PROJECT.
Decorate your walls with a colorful detailed poster of every geometric illustration from Oliver Byrne’s colorful 1847 edition of Euclid’s Elements.2
Well, it is not quite correct to say that now I am reading “Attention All Shipping” by Charlie Connelly, in fact I am finishing reading this book. It has taken a while and this is perhaps one of the few actual physical books I’ve read in recent times. It took a while as I was reading it slowly and spontaneously as my encounters with the wonderful Shipping Forecast at the BBC have been.
I find the forecast to be of a soothing quality and a mysterious air, with the mentions of hypnotic combinations of names and numbers together with calm as well as furious adjectives. Take a look at some examples from today:
- Viking Cyclonic 4 or 5, becoming northeasterly 5 to 6.
- Forth West or northwest 4 or 5, increasing 6 or 7, perhaps gale 8 later. Slight or moderate, occasionally rough later.
- Rockall In south, westerly 5 or 6, backing southwesterly 4 or 5 later. In north, variable 4 in west, otherwise northwesterly 5. In south, moderate, occasionally rough at first. in north, moderate. In south, rain at times. In north, showers.
In south, good, occasionally poor. In north, good.
The book covers the travels of the author across the different areas covered by the Shipping Forecast. It is an interesting read and I enjoyed the descriptions of the very different places that make up this wonderful broadcast, first started by Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy in February 1861 as a warning service for shipping, using telegraph communications.
Listen to the Shipping Forecast, and join Charlie in his adventure!