Friday, December 3, 2010

"Warrior mathematicians"?

Sure, there's the story of Archimedes using the power of the parabolic mirror to burn up Roman warships.  But for the most part, mathematicians have been non-warriors, interested more in uncovering beauty and truth for its own sake, rather than in crushing enemies or hearing the lamentation of women.  Today NPR reported on the way network analysis is being used to locate key players in terrorist networks in order to reduce the number of IEDs:




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