November 16, 2018 — Michael Trott, Chief Scientist
This morning, representatives of more than 100 countries agreed on a new definition of the base units for all weights and measures. Here’s a picture of the event that I took this morning at the Palais des Congrès in Versailles (down the street from the Château):
An important vote for the future weights and measures used in science, technology, commerce and even daily life happened here today. This morning’s agreement is the culmination of at least 230 years of wishing and labor by some of the world’s most famous scientists. The preface to the story entails Galileo and Kepler. Chapter one involves Laplace, Legendre and many other late-18th-century French scientists. Chapter two includes Arago and Gauss. Some of the main figures of chapter three (which I would call “The Rise of the Constants”) are Maxwell and Planck. And the final chapter (“Reign of the Constants”) begins today and builds on the work of contemporary Nobel laureates like Klaus von Klitzing, Bill Phillips and Brian Josephson.
I had the good fortune to witness today’s historic event in person.
November 13, 2018 — Jesika Brooks, Blog Editor - EduTech, Public Relations
This post was initially published on Tech-Based Teaching, a blog about computational thinking, educational technology and the spaces in between. Rather than prioritizing a single discipline, Tech-Based Teaching aims to show how edtech can cultivate learning for all students. Past posts have explored the value of writing in math class, the whys and hows of distant reading and the role of tech in libraries.
It’s November, also known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This annual celebration of all things writerly is the perfect excuse for would-be authors to sit down and start writing. For educators and librarians, NaNoWriMo is a great time to weave creative writing into curricula, be it through short fiction activities, campus groups or library meet-ups.
During NaNoWriMo, authors are typically categorized into two distinct types: pantsers, who “write by the seat of their pants,” and plotters, who are meticulous in their planning. While plotters are likely writing from preplanned outlines, pantsers may need some inspiration.
That’s where Wolfram|Alpha comes in handy.
November 8, 2018 — Jamie Peterson, Technical Programs Manager, Document and Media Systems
Join Wolfram U for Wolfram Technology in Action: Applications & New Developments, a three-part web series showcasing innovative applications in the Wolfram Language.
Newcomers to Wolfram technology are welcome, as are longtime users wanting to see the latest functionality in the language.
November 1, 2018 — Jesse Friedman, Intern, Document and Media Systems
For the third year in a row, the annual Wolfram Technology Conference played host to a new kind of esport—the Livecoding Championship. Expert programmers competed to solve challenges with the Wolfram Language, with the goal of winning the championship tournament belt and exclusive bragging rights.
This year I had the honor of composing the competition questions, in addition to serving as live commentator alongside trusty co-commentator (and Wolfram’s lead communications strategist) Swede White. You can view the entire recorded livestream of the event here—popcorn not included.
October 25, 2018 — Christopher Carlson, Senior User Interface Developer, User Interfaces
Images and machine learning were the dominant themes of submissions to the One-Liner Competition held at this year’s Wolfram Technology Conference. The competition challenges attendees to show us the most astounding things they can accomplish with 128 or fewer characters—less than one tweet—of Wolfram Language code. And astound us they did. Read on to see how.
October 23, 2018 — Swede White, Lead Communications Strategist, Public Relations
Last week, Wolfram hosted individuals from across the globe at our annual Wolfram Technology Conference. This year we had a packed program of talks, training, and networking and dining events, while attendees got to see firsthand what’s new and what’s coming in the Wolfram tech stack from developers, our power users and Stephen Wolfram himself.
October 16, 2018 — Danielle Rommel, Director of Outreach and Communications, Public Relations
Join us Wednesday, October 17, 2018, from 9:30–11:30pm CT for an exciting adventure in livecoding! During our annual Wolfram Technology Conference, we put our internal experts and guests to the test. Coding questions ranging from physics to pop culture, image processing to visualizations, and all other things challenging will be posed to participants live.
Who will take home the trophy belt this year? A senior developer from our Machine Learning group? A high-school kid with serious coding chops? You? Now in its third year, the Wolfram Livecoding Championship promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event is concurrently livestreamed on Twitch and YouTube Live, so if you’re not able to be here in person, we’d love to see you on the stream. The livestream will also be available on Stephen Wolfram’s Twitch channel, with a special livestreamed introduction from Stephen himself. See last year’s competition and get a taste of what the event has to offer:
New this year will be running commentary on competitors’ progress as they each take their own unique approach to problem solving, highlighting the depth and breadth of possibilities in the Wolfram Language.
Stay tuned for more competitions, and we hope to see you there!
Revisiting the Disputed Federalist Papers: Historical Forensics with the Chaos Game Representation and AI
October 11, 2018 — Daniel Lichtblau, Symbolic Algorithms Developer, Algorithms R&D
Between October 1787 and April 1788, a series of essays was published under the pseudonym of “Publius.” Altogether, 77 appeared in four New York City periodicals, and a collection containing these and eight more appeared in book form as The Federalist soon after. As of the twentieth century, these are known collectively as The Federalist Papers. The aim of these essays, in brief, was to explain the proposed Constitution and influence the citizens of the day in favor of ratification thereof. The authors were Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.
On July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton was mortally wounded by Aaron Burr, in a duel beneath the New Jersey Palisades in Weehawken (a town better known in modern times for its tunnels to Manhattan and Alameda). Hamilton died the next day. Soon after, a list he had drafted became public, claiming authorship of more than sixty essays. James Madison publicized his claims to authorship only after his term as president had come to an end, many years after Hamilton’s death. Their lists overlapped, in that essays 49–58 and 62–63 were claimed by both men. Three essays were claimed by each to have been collaborative works, and essays 2–5 and 64 were written by Jay (intervening illness being the cause of the gap). Herein we refer to the 12 claimed by both men as “the disputed essays.”
September 27, 2018 — Chapin Langenheim, Editorial Project Coordinator, Web and Product Release Management
People from around the globe continue to join Wolfram Community, our tech-oriented social network, which now surpasses 19,000 members. Along with an improved platform design, we have also introduced new features—now, discussions contain statistics of likes, views and comments, so when your post becomes popular you can showcase the metrics of your success. Sharing has also become easier with an in-discussion, social media–sharing toolbar. We’ve introduced skills and job opportunities in member profiles, so keep yours up to date—it might be quite beneficial for your networking and career.
Take a look at some of the posts making Wolfram Community so popular. We’d love to see you posting your Wolfram technology–based projects too!
In past blog posts, we’ve talked about the Wolfram Language’s built-in, high-level functionality for 3D printing. Today we’re excited to share an example of how some more general functionality in the language is being used to push the boundaries of this technology. Specifically, we’ll look at how computation enables 3D printing of very intricate sugar structures, which can be used to artificially create physiological channel networks like blood vessels.