Its always fun to play with prime numbers. Why not. In math they mean a lot, in computers they are important, and in recreational mathematics they are… ahem… interesting. Ulam Spiral In 1963 mathematician Stanislaw Ulam published this spiral in Martin Gardner’s Mathematical games in scientific american: A small piece of math history. From that […]

The Hilbert curve is a neat fractal that can turn a single line into a square surface (see gif above which was kindly stolen from wikipedia). An interesting behavior of Hilbert curves is that locality is maintained, meaning that traits near each other in the line cluster together when mapped onto a Hilbert curve. Hilbert […]

Have you ever considered scatter plots to be a tad boring? Do you love the patterning of cathedral stained glass? Well, besides aesthetics, there are cases in which a scatter plot might not be the best option to represent data. What if you are more interested in the spatial distribution of some variable? Some points […]

Computational protocols can be quite long and confusing. It is useful to keep them in a script. But we might not want to run the script from scratch every time (if we already have intermediary files). Make is a tool originally designed to automate the building of executable programs and compiling their libraries. Make relies […]