I missed something

You know that post where I was grateful for a bunch of things?  I just realized that I left off something really, really important:


(Hat tip: Orin Kerr.)

Well, back to saving the world with linear algebra*.


* I am dead serious: my job is saving the world with linear algebra**.  It is awesome.  Wish it paid more, and had benefits, but meh: still awesome.

** Also a bit of concrete mathematics.

*** Bonus unreferenced footnote: All of you Andrew Sullivans out there who’re dead set on insisting that science is destroying your sense of wonder: What the fuck do you make of Formula One?  Seriously: incompressible fluid dynamics**** is easily explained by dirt-simple physics, and yet aero systems in ground effect are fucking magic.  Just ask any Formula One aerodynamicist who isn’t Adrian Newey.  The fact that HRT is multiple seconds off the pace at Interlagos vitiates your point (as does the fact that Hermann Tilke can’t capture the magic of Interlagos or Suzuka or Spa-Francorchamps without a fortuitous arrangement of elevation changes… but now I’m starting to sound like Scott Aaronson.)

**** Air is effectively incompressible at F1 speeds

5 Responses to “I missed something”

  1. November 27, 2011 at 23:22

    Are you a professor of sorts? I have standing questions for professor-type friends.

    • November 27, 2011 at 23:26

      I might have been, in a different world where I published more in grad school (and possibly grew a goatee, like Evil Spock). As it stands, I have a PhD in computing science, and could in theory qualify for a tenure-track faculty position, but am busy solving problems without tenure in the private sector.

      Feel free to ask your questions, though: they sound fun.

  2. 3 madrocketscientist
    November 28, 2011 at 12:00

    Actually, air is incompressible at F1 speeds at sea level. Run the race at 35000 feet or higher, and things get…interesting

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