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{ Monthly Archives } May 2007

Slashdot discussion on “High Paying Jobs in Math and Science”

Slashdot is having a very active discussion (naturally degenerating into nonsense at times, but generally pretty good) about high paying jobs for those will a college degree in math or science. Operations research gets a good plug or two among the discussants. One response (from “MoneyCityManiac”): Applied math is a good bet. Operations Research (“OR”), […]

Operations Research in the New York Times and I am annoyed and depressed

The term “Operations Research” appears in the New York Times today (May 20, 2007) in an article entitled “Reaping Results: Data-Mining Goes Mainstream“. Here is the start: RODNEY MONROE, the police chief in Richmond, Va., describes himself as a lifelong cop whose expertise is in fighting street crime, not in software. His own Web browsing, […]

OR, Poker, and Teaching

It is a lovely morning here in New Zealand, and the sun is rising over the bay that my house overlooks. So naturally I am wandering around the web. Gary Carson’s Math and Poker blog is one that I regularly follow (not the least because he points to this blog). He writes about the role […]

Quantum Computing and Learning from Blogs

Ever since I heard about quantum computing (it arose in the 1970s, but most of the really visible stuff started in the mid 1980s, see the Wiki timeline), I have been skeptical. This skepticism arose from a view that quantum computers could solve NP-complete problems in polynomial time. I was randomly wandering the blogosphere when […]

Videos and Operations Research

Dick Larson has a very nice editorial in the April 2007 OR/MS Today on the use of videos in disseminating information about our field. One big point he makes is that the Edelman videos, a tremendous resource for our field, are not easily and freely available. This frustrates the heck out of me too! I […]

C’mon! What are the big challenges?

Last call for thoughts about the National Academy of Engineers Grand Challenges activity.  What can OR offer to this initiative?  Check out the “OR and the Grand Challenges” web site, and particularly INFORMS response.  Now is the time to get your thoughts in.

Operations Research and Turing Machines

From An anonymous reader writes “Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica and author of A New Kind of Science, is offering a prize of $25K to anyone who can prove or disprove his conjecture that a particular 2-state, 3-color Turing machine is universal. If true, it would be the simplest universal TM, and possibly the […]

Operations Research and Wikipedia

As part of my overview talk, I took a look at Operations Research in Wikipedia. Seeing a lack of pointer to this blog (which I think is a pretty good OR blog!), I went to fix it, but decided I had a Conflict of Interest, so reverted. I’ll leave it to others to decide if […]

Interaction of Computers and People

In a few days, I give a “public lecture” as part of the requirements for my Hood Fellowship that the University of Auckland gave me (I would have visited here anyway – New Zealand is wonderful – but the Fellowship was a very nice addition). Rather than trot out a version of my “sports scheduling” […]

Mathematical Puzzles, Martin Gardner, and Peter Winkler

I am certainly not alone when I say that interest in mathematics was sparked by Martin Gardner’s Mathematical Games column in Scientific American. I have a strong memory of many boring physics classes in high school which I whiled away reading through the stack of Scientific Americans in the corner. Those columns led to mathematics […]