Science, Fiction, and points in between
§ Slate Sept. 15
Economist Steven E. Landsburg offers a counter-intuitive analysis of why you can't believe everything you read -- especially something published in a prestigious journal. Why? Because editors like to publish theories that are unusual or surprising, and those are just the ones most likely to be wrong.
§ Salon Sept. 16
A profile of Donald Knuth, the philosopher king of computer programmers, and the author of the multi-volume ''The Art of Computer Programming''. The third volume was published in 1973 and he's been working on Volume 4 ever since (could this be a record of some sort? Hmm) though in the meantime he's written other books, including a novel. He's a proponent of elegance in programming and would award a Pulitzer Prize for best-written program.
the irony guy
(ddd dd mmm 1999)