In 1960, Eugene Wigner published a paper titled “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences.” In it, Wigner discusses one of the thorniest and most fundamental questions in physics: Why does much of (apparently totally abstract) mathematics later end up applying so well to physics?
Just got back from the DC area, where some fellow Ranchers and I went to CocoaConf. If you’re not familiar with CocoaConf, it’s a traveling technical conference for Mac and iOS developers. I like to call it a peripatetic conference, where Dave Klein (who runs the conference) travels around with his family to different cities and puts on a great conference. There are conferences coming up in Dallas April 4, and in San Jose April 18.
It was a pretty big adventure for me to attend PyCon, flying across the country to a conference I’d never attended before so I could meet people I only knew via some mailing lists and Twitter. It was a little nerve-wracking at first, but once I got to California and started mingling with people, the experience became amazing.
Simple questions can be fun. A friend in the Pittsburgh CocoaHeads said “Hey MarkD. We’re having a discussion at work on the right way to iterate through an NSArray. One dude said to just use the
for...in syntax, and the other said that we should always use the block based iteration form. What do you think?”
I just got back from attending SxSWi for the first time. I met a ton of people and saw a lot of great talks, but I also learned a lot about strategies for navigating the event itself. Here are my top tips for SXSW.
As some of the frequent readers of this blog may know, Big Nerd Ranch was recently at SxSW in pretty full force. We threw an epic party the night of the 11th.