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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:47 am    Post subject: Flatiron Institute Reply with quote

James Simons’s Foundation Starts New Institute for Computing, Big Data
Mr. Simons, a mathematician turned wealthy hedge fund manager and now philanthropist, and his wife, Marilyn, the foundation president, hope the new institute will fill an overlooked niche.

Computers have been a fixture for decades in astrophysics and many other fields of science. But typically, the computer programs are written by graduate students, often abandoned after they finish their programs. “Those people aren’t great coders, for the most part,” Mr. Simons said.

At the Flatiron Institute, a good fraction of the staff will be professional computer programmers, producing software not only for the in-house scientists but also available for anyone else who needs it.

see home website at (Something for BOINC in the future?)
https://www.simonsfoundation.org/flatiron-institute/
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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a mathematician turned wealthy hedge fund manager

That's another problem for science; there's a brain drain when talented mathematicians and physicists figure out they can make 25X the money on wall street working as "quants", creating complicated financial models.

Here's another article about James Simons, he sounds like a fascinating character...
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/science/a-billionaire-mathematicians-life-of-ferocious-curiosity.html
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Na! He's rubbish, I was at school with him, kept farting during art lessons and let Mr. Grain the metalwork teachers hot air balloon get away during sports day.

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