A programmer who is good at programming and Math What percentage of developers are good at programming and hard core math, meaning calculus, 3D algorithms, advanced data structures?
DP
Matt H.
I used to work for a Navy research lab where I supported a $13 million state of the art digital processing system that read Navy sonar data and visualized it. I also took some computer graphics grad school classes.
5v3n
I am former Law student, who turned into a programmer because of the love of the game. I know nothing about maths because of the lack of practice, I used to play chess with my father who is a former Angolan champion and for music, Pearl Jam and lately Placebo. But I can't play an instrument, though.
RP
I began programming when I was 14 in C++ (after a month or so of Javascript). I wasn't very good at math, in fact I was sitting on a D.
Nerd
Re 3D transforms, my hand is down, but I'm reaching for Foley and Van Damm....
Peter Ibbotson
Any programmer who works for a for-profit corporation and follows their accounting practices would have to be good at "hard core math" just to make sense of the lies. :)
m
Another math major here. Can't make decent money unless you're PhD level, I wasn't that good. So I program day in and day out.
Snotnose
I used to, early on in my CS career but now math has almost nothing to do with what I'm currently in. However having done 20 years of graphics and number crunching algorhythms (geometric modelling, sparse matrices, finite elements). I find the other stuff trivially easy. The other stuff pays just as well though.
old_timer
"PS: At the moment we're learning about Iterations and the Mandlebrot set - where does that get used? Does anyone know of any real life examples of using the mandlebrot set?"
Ron Porter
Is everyone British? I've never heard of the usage of the word "maths" before. I thought everyone was suffering from English as a Second Language. I had to look it up online to see that the word 'maths' is chiefly a British word.
Elephant
Actually I think it's "math" that is strictly an American word, while most of everybody else uses "mathS" as short for mathematicS.
NoName
Yeah, I understand how the word was derived, I'd just never seen it before. Guess it's just the "Ugly American" in me rearing it's ugly head.
Elephant
Nor British nor European. Continental European.
RP
This is not flamebait... I honestly - in my heart of hearts - believe that no one should be allowed to program a computer unless he/she has a degree in Math and a degree in Philosophy. Formal training in these fields gives you:
anon
This is flamebait. Because, after all, with a handle like mine, it's all I post. ;)
Flamebait Sr.
For me, writing a program was basically writing a proof.
x
My undergrad degree was in electrical engineering. I got pretty good at laplace, fourier, and Z transforms, math in the complex plane (directly applies to any kind of electromagnetic field), differential equations out the wazoo, etc. It was hard at first, but not what I'd consider "hard core" mathematics; I didn't need to prove anything (except to prove that was I was doing would work), but just apply the techniques to practical problems.
Chris Tavares
well, if you prove this simple theorem, you are probably worthy of being a good programmer:
botluck
that's amusing.
Elephant
Oh, I've just come up with a clever little proof for that, but I don't think there's enough room here to write it out completely... I'll post it to a fresh thread later. Check back.
Fermat
I have a degree in Math but I am not employed as a programmer. Many people I work with have math or engineering degrees, some with PhDs. I think those who are curious and appreciate challenges are drawn to the two fields.
Tom Vu
The Mandlebrot set has plenty of applications.
Dennis Atkins
Dear Elephant,
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