| Andrew Cooke | Contents | Latest | RSS | Twitter | Previous | Next

C[omp]ute

Welcome to my blog, which was once a mailing list of the same name and is still generated by mail. Please reply via the "comment" links.

Always interested in offers/projects/new ideas. Eclectic experience in fields like: numerical computing; Python web; Java enterprise; functional languages; GPGPU; SQL databases; etc. Based in Santiago, Chile; telecommute worldwide. CV; email.

Personal Projects

Lepl parser for Python.

Colorless Green.

Photography around Santiago.

SVG experiment.

Professional Portfolio

Calibration of seismometers.

Data access via web services.

Cache rewrite.

Extending OpenSSH.

C-ORM: docs, API.

Last 100 entries

OpenSuse 42.2 and Synaptics Touch-Pads; Telephone System Quotes for Cat Soft LLC; Even; Cherry Jam; Lebanese Writer Amin Maalouf; Learning From Trump; Chinese Writer Hu Fayun; C++ - it's the language of the future; And; Apricot Jam; Also; Excellent Article on USA Politics; Oh Metafilter; Prejudice Against The Rurals; Also, Zizek; Trump; Why Trump Won; Doxygen + Latex on CentOS 6; SMASH - Solve 5 Biggest Problems in Physics; Good article on racism, brexit, and social divides; Grandaddy are back!; Consciousness From Max Entropy; Democrats; Harvard Will Fix Black Poverty; Modelling Bicycle Wheels; Amusing Polling Outlier; If Labour keeps telling working class people...; Populism and Choice; Books on Defeat; Enrique Ferrari - Argentine Author; Transcript of German Scientists on Learning of Hiroshima; Calvert Journal; Owen Jones on Twitter; Possible Japanese Authors; Complex American Literature; Chutney v5; Weird Componentized Virus; Interesting Argentinian Author - Antonio Di Benedetto; Useful Thread on MetaPhysics; RAND on fighting online anarchy (2001); NSA Hacked; Very Good LRB Article on Brexit; Nussbaum on Anger; Tasting; Apple + Kiwi Jam; Hit Me; Sudoku - CSP + Chaos; Recycling Electronics In Santiago; Vector Displays in OpenGL; And Anti-Aliased; OpenGL - Render via Intermediate Texture; And Garmin Connect; Using Garmin Forerunner 230 With Linux; (Beating Dead Horse) StackOverflow; Current State of Justice in China; Axiom of Determinacy; Ewww; Fee Chaos Book; Course on Differential Geometry; Okay, but...; Sparse Matrices, Deep Learning; Sounds Bad; Applebaum Rape; Tomato Chutney v4; Have to add...; Culturally Liberal and Nothing More; Weird Finite / Infinite Result; Your diamond is a beaten up mess; Maths Books; Good Bike Route from Providencia / Las Condes to Panul; Iain Pears (Author of Complex Plots); Plum Jam; Excellent; More Recently; For a moment I forgot StackOverflow sucked; A Few Weeks On...; Chilean Book Recommendations; How To Write Shared Libraries; Jenny Erpenbeck (Author); Dijkstra, Coins, Tables; Python libraries error on OpenSuse; Deserving Trump; And Smugness; McCloskey Economics Trilogy; cmocka - Mocks for C; Concept Creep (Americans); Futhark - OpenCL Language; Moved / Gone; Fan and USB issues; Burgers in Santiago; The Origin of Icosahedral Symmetry in Viruses; autoenum on PyPI; Jars Explains; Tomato Chutney v3; REST; US Elections and Gender: 24 Point Swing; PPPoE on OpenSuse Leap 42.1; SuperMicro X10SDV-TLN4F/F with Opensuse Leap 42.1; Big Data AI Could Be Very Bad Indeed....; Cornering; Postcapitalism (Paul Mason)

© 2006-2015 Andrew Cooke (site) / post authors (content).

The Fabric of the Cosmos - Brian Greene

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 19:10:27 -0400 (CLT)

Just finished another book (it's not that I read quickly, but that I read
them in parallel - there's a book in the kitchen I read at breakfast, one
by the bed I read at night, one in the bathroom...)

Anyway, I am very impressed by this.  I don't normally read "popular
science" because (I hope this doesn't sound too arrogant) I already know
what they are talking about, and it annoys me when they get things wrong
(or bend things too much to make a good story).  But this book taught me a
lot - about thing I thought I already understood, and also about string
theory, which I have never known about.  Even better, in the bits where I
did know the plot, he told things straight.

Most interesting of all, at least at the moment, is the role of
information.  In the last chapter he talked about the covering surfaces in
plank-length side squares and how this is related to entropy.  At the same
time it's clear that quantum mechanics is also related to information -
the restrictions imposed by the uncertainty principle.  And then the cute
work by Maldacena in which physics in N dimensions could be mapped into
N+1 with gravity...

Of course, there are some downsides too.  The enthusiasm over string
theory did sometimes seem a bit over-pumped, and the supporting
evidence/consistencies a little under-nourished.  I'm about to google up
some of the anti-string criticism that came out a while back.

Still, good book.

Andrew

Not Even Wrong

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 19:26:09 -0400 (CLT)

Turns out that the author of one of the "anti-String" books has an
excellent blog - http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/

Read some of the comments.

Andrew

Gravity Probe B

From: "andrew cooke" <andrew@...>

Date: Wed, 23 May 2007 19:56:53 -0400 (CLT)

Latest info from this experiment - it was mentioned in the book and for
some reason I thought it was lost during launch, but apparently not. 
Sounds like the analysis of the data was interesting.

http://einstein.stanford.edu/

Andrew

PS I hate the "was Einstein right" sales pitch.  Is that the best anyone
can do?

Comment on this post