Archive for July, 2007

“Beautiful Code” has arrived…

Saturday, July 21st, 2007

…er, well, the book has anyway. My copies of Beautiful Code are here: Appropriately, the book itself is physically beautiful. And big: at 600 pages, I haven’t read most of the chapters yet. But I’ve been skimming a lot, and diving deep in some places. It’s already my favorite new computer programming book of the […]

What Would Euler Do?

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

I was going through a pile of papers today and found some old correspondence with the Mathematical Association of America. In 2004 I purchased from them a copy of Robert M. Young’s wonderful book Excursions in Calculus. I paid by credit card on the web site, I think, or else by phone. Anyway, the point […]

Go see Will Franken. Now.

Friday, July 13th, 2007

If you live in or near San Francisco, please go see Will Franken‘s show at The Marsh as soon as you can. It’s running until August 4th, and it is staggeringly, mind-blowingly brilliant. My friend Lev and I just saw it, and afterwards we could talk of nothing else except how amazing it was. Here […]

Answering Augusto…

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

A student named Augusto Pedroza posted a comment here recently, a comment containing such a large and complex question that I’ve decided to use this separate blog entry to answer it. Augusto is a Google Summer of Code student, meaning he’s working in an open source software project this summer. He says that as he […]