Monthly Archives: April 2014

The longevity of plain TeX

Microsoft Word was first released for MS DOS in Octo­ber, 1983. Some five months ear­li­er, Don­ald Knuth, a pro­fes­sor of com­put­ing at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, pub­lished “The TeX Book.” This was a jokey man­u­al for, and a deft demon­stra­tion of, his TeX pub­lish­ing pro­gram whose sta­ble ver­sion first appeared in 1982. Each of these con­tem­po­rary works […]

The physical science of climate change

I’m late find­ing this Non­govern­men­tal Inter­na­tion­al Pan­el on Cli­mate Change (NIPCC) report. I include the sum­ma­ry of their find­ings on the phys­i­cal sci­ence here because they accord with my present assess­ment. I would have added only one thing to the recita­tion below. I do not know why the NIPCC omit­ted it. That is: the IPCC’s […]