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Writing down an unwritten language

In this post I interview Greg Greenlaw, a friend of mine who served as a missionary to the Nakui tribe in Papua New Guinea and developed their writing system. (Nakui is pronounced like “knock we.”) JC: When you went to

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Audio of Atiyah interview

A few weeks ago I posted an edited text of an interview I did with Michael Atiyah in Heidelberg. Here is the audio of our conversation in MP3 format [25 MB].   Photo by Bernhard Kreutzer

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Interview with Sir Michael Atiyah

Yesterday I had the privilege of interviewing Sir Michael Atiyah. We talked about mathematical writing, the interplay of abstraction and application, and unified theories of physics. A shorter excerpt, focusing on mathematical exposition, will be appears on the HLF conference

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Interview with Sacha Chua

I spoke with with Sacha Chua last week. We talked about entrepreneurship, Emacs, having eclectic interests, delegation, and more. J: I ran into you by searching on Emacs topics. When I look at your blog, I see that you do

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Interview with Michael Hammel, author of The Artist's Guide to GIMP

Michael J. Hammel is the author of The Artist’s Guide to GIMP, a book I reviewed three weeks ago. The following interview is based on my correspondence with Michael.

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Fifteen interviews

Seven Nine people I have interviewed: Rick Richter, CIO of Food for the Hungry Eric Floehr, owner of ForecastWatch Frederick Brooks, computer pioneer and author Robert Ghrist, applied topologist Cliff Pickover, mathematician and author Dan Bricklin, software developer and author

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Interview on Strongly Connected Components

Samuel Hansen interviews me in the latest episode of his podcast Strongly Connected Components. I’ve enjoyed listening to Samuel’s podcast since it started a couple years ago. Here’s a list of other mathematical podcasts.

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Evaluating weather forecast accuracy: an interview with Eric Floehr

Eric Floehr is the owner of ForecastWatch, a company that evaluates the accuracy of weather forecasts. In this interview Eric explains what his business does, how he got started, and some of the technology he uses.

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Seven interviews

Here are six people I have interviewed. Rick Richter, CIO of Food for the Hungry Robert Ghrist, applied topologist Carl Franklin, musician and software developer Frederick Brooks, computer pioneer and author Cliff Pickover, mathematician and author Dan Bricklin, software developer

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Singularity interview

Vincent Tan interviews me in the March 2011 issue of his online magazine Singularity. One of the topics we discuss is the difference between studying applied math and actually applying math.

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Why Food for the Hungry runs Ubuntu

Rick Richter is CIO of Food for the Hungry. In this interview Rick explains why his organization is moving all of its computers to Ubuntu. John: Tell me a little about Food for the Hungry and what you do there.

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Applied topology and Dante: an interview with Robert Ghrist

A few weeks ago I discovered Robert Ghrist via his web site. Robert is a professor of mathematics and electrical engineering. He describes his research as applied topology, something I’d never heard of. (Topology has countless applications to other areas

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A few questions with Frederick Brooks

The shelf life of software development books is typically two or three years, maybe five or ten years for a “classic.” Frederick Brooks, however, wrote a book on software development in 1975 that remains a best-seller: The Mythical Man-Month. His

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Interview with author Cliff Pickover

A few weeks ago, Sterling Publishing sent me a copy of Cliff Pickover‘s new book The Math Book. I enjoyed reading the book (see my review) and set up the interview that follows. JC: The Math Book is your first

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Carl Franklin interview

Carl Franklin is a many of many talents: talk show host, producer, software developer, musician, etc. He’s probably best known for his excellent .NET Rocks podcast and for the other podcasts he hosts and produces. I hope you enjoy the

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