Review: The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy
The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It probably takes a special sort of person to dive into an entire book about one statistical theory, but for those so-motivated, this one pays off.
As the global economy evolves, the U.S. continues to become a net importer, rather than exporter, of advanced technologies. Which sectors are “winners”, and which are lagging? And is there coherence between our performance in international trade, and our national R&D investments? Read more
The correction isn’t realtime using the viewfinder … commenters have noted that that would likely overtax even the iPhone 4’s processing capability. As an academic point I’m curious to hear from color blind folk if the correction approach actually works.
Actually, it seems that a plethora of apps have emerged to fill this niche, although many seem to fall into the “touch a color see its name” variety…
Another drive-by brainoid: while learning about the Processing visualization language, I stumbled across this beautiful visualization of a system dynamics model of marine ecosystems, which captures the evolution of three discrete categories: nutrients, phytoplankton, zooplankton (the latter two across a range of size bins): Read more
Harkening back to my March post on iPhone-enabled severe weather spotting/reporting, here’s a similar concept applied to birding.
A recent conversation about upgrading some of our NASA public exhibits to “self-narrated tour” capabilities has sent me down a speculative rabbit trail of thinking more broadly about virtual interactivity with physical world objects. Museums have, in some ways, paved the way here: from self-guided Walkman tours to self-guided iPod Shuffle tours to museum cell phone tours, allowing portable end-user interactivity, but I think this interactivity is typically decoupled (absent user intervention) from real world objects. I think (and I suspect many others have thought) that it’s not too far downstream that we’ll have sufficient standards, automation and capabilities in place to allow key (if not many) real world objects to accessible, virtual-world analogues (yep – full circle to the Coffee Pot Webcam). Read more