Bayes at Microsoft Research

February 27, 2012

Tags: Microsoft Research Talk

Tracing the origins of spam filters back to the U-boat battles of World War II. Hearing about Stanford's lack of interest in probabilities in the late 1980s. And an intriguing question: Was Bill Gates a Bayesian?

research.microsoft.com/apps/video/default.aspx?id=159395

Turing Still Not Pardoned

February 23, 2012

Tags: Turing, Pardon

The British government has refused to issue a posthumous pardon to computer pioneer Alan Turing.
Despite petitions from Turing fans worldwide, the Conservative government of David Cameron nixed a pardon.
The decision came three years after the Labor Party government of Gordon Brown apologized for Britain’s treatment of Turing.
Turing, who used Bayes’ rule to break the Nazis’ Enigma code to save his country during World War II, was arrested as a homosexual in 1952 and committed suicide in 1954. (more…)

Palomares Cleanup

February 23, 2012

Tags: Palomares, h-bomb

Spain has announced that the US may cleanup the results of an H-bomb accident it caused in the little village of Palomares 46 years ago.

Almost half a century after the U.S. Air Force accidentally dropped four hydrogen bombs near a remote Spanish fishing village, the Obama administration may help clean up plutonium-polluted soil (more…)

Bayesian Math Problems

February 23, 2012

Tags: Math, problems

Readers have asked how they can learn to calculate Bayesian problems. So I asked the experts for some help. They responded with some problems that are now on my website McGrayne.com. Go to the page for simple math problems, and click on the link there.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
The non-mathematical story of the fight over Bayes' rule and its ultimate triumph.

"A rollicking tale of the triumph of a powerful mathematical tool."
—Nature
"If you are not thinking like a Bayesian, perhaps you should be." John Allen Paulos, New York Times Book Review.
Editor's Choice, New York Times Book Review.
Biographies of 15 women scientists who won a Nobel Prize—or came very close.

“Spellbinding, compelling.”
—The Science Teacher
Biographies of nine chemists whose discoveries solved serious social and technological problems.

“A compelling read… fascinating.”
—Nature

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