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Science and Government Control

Come closer. What I’m about to tell you is privileged information.  No seriously. Closer still.  *conspiratorial whisper* The government controls the science you get to know about. Is this a surprise to anyone?  It could be.  Right now my country (that’s the USA) is...

The Monte-Carlo Hammer – Turning Dynamics into Observables

“If all you have is a hammer…”  so the old adage goes.  As it turns out, I have a nice big one, and a corresponding anvil.  One is called Monte-Carlo Markov Chain (MCMC), and the other is called the method of Maximum Likelihood.  I’m going to talk about the first one...

The “Telescope Effect” in brainstorming

In my time working as a government scientist, I was able to work with a lot of cross-disciplinary teams, often putting math-and-code-heavy folks like myself together with domain-specific specialists like chemists or biologists who worked in wet labs more and made...