Talk announcement: Complex numbers for research software engineers

Posted on Mon 12 October 2020 in Blog


Complex numbers for research software engineers


If you are reading this, most likely you are working on a computer-science related field. Why would you care about the square root of minus one (also known as i)? Let me give you a few reasons:

The mysterious number i:

  • is the NaN of the Renaissance.
  • appears in the Euler's identity, acclaimed as the most beautiful equation ever.
  • allowed for difficult computations in aerodynamics before the computer was invented.
  • can improve your numerical differentiation algorithms with minimal effort.

The slides are temporarily available here.

Spacetime coordinates

  • 12 October 2020, 11:00 CEST. Online, for eScience Center members only.