Carnival of Mathematics #53

Welcome to the 53rd Carnival of Mathematics! A somewhat shorter carnival this time, but I greatly enjoyed reading the submissions I did get, and I hope you do too.

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Associate Professor of Computer Science at Hendrix College. Functional programmer, mathematician, teacher, pianist, follower of Jesus.
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9 Responses to Carnival of Mathematics #53

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  3. Gah – I missed this carnival because was on vacation. Looks great though.

    As for the Wolfram Alpha bug. You can’t (and indeed shouldn’t) accept any mathematical result from a computer on trust – no matter what system they use. For example, here’s details of an integral that Mathematica (which powers Wolfram Alpha) fails with at the moment.

    This is no big deal – Do you accept results from humans without checking them? Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t – depends on the importance of the problem and how sure you need to be of it’s correctness.

    Computers aren’t magic – they built and programmed by humans and so they can be wrong too. I like bugs in math software – they force us to always think about the results spat out by computers.

  4. Sorry – I keep catching up on my blog reading too late to make these Carnival submissions. Who’s hosting next?

  5. Brent says:

    Maria: I’m not sure who’s hosting next…

  6. Meaghan says:

    Thanks for hosting and including my post!

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