One of the largest issues facing the ever-growing field of large-scale computational research is how to deal with the nearly infinite number of parameters needed to exactly model a physical reality. With no efficient or cost-effective way to handle the enormous numbers of tests needed to even begin to satisfy requirements needed to model reality, it is inevitable that models will need to be parameterized. However, this causes a problem known as the “Curse of Dimensionality,” in which for every unavoidable parameter used in a model, there is an unavoidable uncertainty associated with the assumption(s) used to define said parameter. As part of his current research, Dr. Tan Bui-Thanh of the University of Texas presented on how he is working on how to deal with computational problems involving these discretization errors.
As science and engineering majors, the release of new comic book based films are widely anticipated, yet at the same time will be dissected as Newton’s Laws are broken. The release of “Thor 2: The Dark World” was no different. One would think that in recent years, science consultants would be hired to verify that the science portrayed in film is both accurate and interesting. Film is a great way to communicate science to the public, so why not do it right? Yet Marvel apparently could not afford to consult a geophysicist in the making of Thor 2.
Enter the mind of best-selling author Neil Gaiman with his collected anthology “Angels and Visitations”. Literary brilliance is exemplified in each one of these tales. Coupled with several illustrations by Dave McKean, “Angels and Visitations” is an experience like none other. Each short story or poem reflects upon Gaiman’s perspective of some moral or social value.
Mines, as most people know, is positively brimming with geeks. However, it takes a special kind of person and a very particular kind of geek to take on the responsibility and sometimes insanity that comes with being an RA. Enter Katie Sexton, an RA from the proud hall of Randall who is most definitely geeky enough to earn her place in this school.
With only one full week of class remaining before Thanksgiving Break and only one week of class after the break, students are quite familiar with their classes to the point of wanting to be rid of them. The wave of registration last week was a reminder that a clean slate is on its way on a couple months. But while classes are certainly a large part of stress, students still have that class that keeps them interested each semester. This week The Oredigger asked, “What is your favorite class this semester?”