Experimental Mathematics Website
<== This is a picture from the interactive geometry
package Cinderella showing the behavior of 10,000 starting
values in the rectangle [0,1]x[h-1,h+1], where h is the height of the
horizontal line, after six iterations of the algorithm which reflects
a point x in the sphere then reflects the outcome in the line and then
averages the result y with x. It is an accessible prototype for a
remarkable image reconstruction algorithm known variously as
Douglas-Ratchford, Lion-Mercier, Fienup's method, and
"divide-and-concur." Some related graphics can be generated and
displayed at these URLs:
(wait 30-60 seconds to see the display).
Quote of the day (refresh browser to select another):
I have myself always thought of a mathematician as in the first instance an observer, a man who gazes at a distant range of mountains and notes down his observations. His object is simply to distinguish clearly and notify to others as many different peaks as he can. There are some peaks which he can distinguish easily, while others are less clear. He sees A sharply, while of B he can obtain only transitory glimpses. At last he makes out a ridge which leads from A, and following it to its end he discovers that it culminates in B. B is now fixed in his vision, and from this point he can proceed to further discoveries. In other cases perhaps he can distinguish a ridge which vanishes in the distance, and conjectures that it leads to a peak in the clouds or below the horizon. But when he sees a peak he believes that it is there simply because he sees it. If he wishes someone else to see it, he points to it, either directly or through the chain of summits which led him to recognize it himself. When his pupil also sees it, the research, the argument, the proof is finished. -- G. H. Hardy, quoted from the Preface to David Broussoud, "Proofs and Confirmation: The Story of the Alternating Sign Matrix Conjecture", available at Online article, MAA, 1999. Broussoud cites Hardy's Rouse Ball Lecture of 1928.
The complete list of quotes is available
This website is a repository of information on experimental and computer-assisted mathematics. It is operated by
Please send any comments or questions for this site to:
- David H. Bailey, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (retired), and University of California, Davis
Disclaimer and copyright. Material on this site is provided for research purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the author's institutions or any other organization. All material is copyrighted by David H. Bailey (c) 2016.
Math Scholar blog. The "Math Scholar" blog is now online. It contains essays, philosophical musings, interesting quotes and exercises, all in the realm of mathematics, computing and modern science. New items are posted on average every two weeks:
Math Drudge blog (older). This blog was co-authored by Bailey and the late Jonathan Borwein, prior to Borwein's death in August 2016.
Jonathan Borwein Memorial site. In the wake of Jonathan Borwein's untimely death in August 2016, this site contains a blog of remembrances of Jon by family, friends and colleagues, together with a compendium of Jon's publications, talks and reviews of his work by others.
Jonathan Borwein website and blog
Financial Mathematics website and blog. Bailey, together with his colleagues Marcos Lopez de Prado and Qiji Jim Zhu, operate a website and blog devoted to financial mathematics, overfitting and other abuses of mathematics in the field:
Additional information, in alphabetical order:
- Books. Bailey and Jonathan Borwein (now deceased) have authored numerous books on mathematical and scientific computation. For details on the authors' books on experimental mathematics, see:
- Commercial sites. For a list of websites of numerous commercial firms that offer mathematical software and (free) online tools, see the Commercial site page:
- Institutional sites. For a list of websites of mathematical societies and journals in the general area of experimental and computational mathematics, see the Institutional site page:
- Non-commercial software and tools. For a list of websites of non-commercial organizations that offer mathematical software and (free) online tools, see the Non-commercial site page:
- Other sites of interest. For a list of numerous other websites with interesting and useful information relevant to mathematics in general and computational mathematics in particular, see the Other site page:
- Software. For some freely downloadable software for experimental math research, see the Software page: