Tuesday, August 10, 2010

mathematical beavers

A recent post at Maxwell's Demon points to the opinion pieces of Doron Zeilberger. Many of Zeilberger's brief posts are sharp and insightful, and all are worth reading. One that caught my eye was "Opinion #95: We need both Birds and Frogs, but most of all we need good Beavers" refering to an essay written by Freeman Dyson (noted here). One theme that is constant through many of these is Zeilberger's unapologetic and enthusiastic championing of the algorithmic/computational approach to mathematics and the  use of computers as creative mathematical tools.