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From: Joseph Grcar <>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 14:16:28 -0700
Subject: Ewald Bodewig, matrix computations, and the root of all evil

Hello NA-Digest,

The mathematician Ewald Bodewig may be of general interest because of
a curious incident that took place in the middle of his career. In
any case he is relevant to NA-Digest because he wrote the Mathematical
Reviews articles for three important early works on matrix
calculations by Jensen (1944), von Neumann and Goldstine (1947), and
Turing (1948). Bodewig became an early specialist in matrix
computations by writing a five-part survey paper about direct and
iterative methods for solving linear equations (1948). His expertise
was all across mathematics, however, having discovered an analytic
solution for a fluid-flow problem (PNAS, 1928), translated into German
a treatise on algebra by LE Dickson (1929), and written about the
relevance to mathematics of St Thomas of Aquinas (1931).

Bodewig resigned from Mathematical Reviews in 1950, explaining to
executive editor RP Boas that he was distraught over the paltry wages
paid to mathematicians. MR paid nothing for reviews. Bodewig
complained that the effort just to read von Neumann and Goldstine's
paper would be worth a thousand Dutch guilders in any reasonably
compensated profession. (Bodewig praised the paper in his review.)
In comparison, Bodewig explained that he had seen financiers earn
millions of guilders from a few phone calls. Having become wealthy
from investments, Bodewig announced that he was leaving mathematics,
quoting Wagner's Siegfried. Boas published this rant in Science (1950)
where it was given the title "The Payment of the Learned Man." Soon,
under the collective title "Scholars and the Root of All Evil,"
Science (1951) printed many responses, which ranged from being
heartfelt through reasoned to humorous. One scientist said that
although he felt underpaid he did not regret his life choices, while
another reported that colleagues at three universities believed the
poorer the student the better the work, and still another scientist
wanted to know whom the financiers called. Far over-the-top is a
sarcastic letter from a self-identified Long Island millionaire who
resented that scientists could have streets named after themselves at
no cost to them.

Bodewig did not leave mathematics. He was associated with the quasi-
governmental Dutch research organization TNO where wrote a paper about
matrices in geodesy that GE Forsythe praised (MR0066762). Bodewig also
wrote one of the earliest books about matrix computations.
Zentralblatt MATH lists many papers by Bodewig through the 1970s, and
Oberwolfach has an undated photograph of him, but nothing more seems
to be publicly available about this "Learned Man."

My thanks to Garry Tee for finding many of these references. Any
additional information is welcome. I have heard nothing from the
Netherlands or TNO despite inquires.

Joseph Grcar


From: "Bernard Beauzamy" <>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 08:57:12 +0200
Subject: Prize for efficient integration

We are glad to announce that the prize offered by SCM in September
2009, for efficient numerical computation on extremely rare events,
has been won by Peter Robinson, from Quintessa Ltd, Great Britain.

Peter's paper can be found at


From: "Jorge More'" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:39:16 -0500
Subject: The Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software

In honor of the outstanding contributions of James Hardy Wilkinson to
the field of numerical software, Argonne National Laboratory, the
National Physical Laboratory, and the Numerical Algorithms Group award
the Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software (US $3000)

The 2011 prize will be awarded at the International Conference in
Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) in Vancouver, July 2011.

Entries must be received by September 1, 2010. Additional details on
the Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software and the official rules can
be found at the URL

Submissions can be sent by email to
Contact this address for further information.

Previous prizes have also been awarded at ICIAM:

1991 - Linda Petzold for DASSL
1995 - Chris Bischof and Alan Carle for ADIFOR 2.0
1999 - Matteo Frigo and Steven Johnson for FFTW
2003 - Jonathan Shewchuk for Triangle
2007 - Wolfgang Bangerth, Ralf Hartmann and Guido Kanschat for deal.II

Jorge More'
Board of Trustees


From: "Neville Ford" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 14:22:41 +0100
Subject: Stochastic Delay Diff Eqs at University of Chester, UK, Aug/Sep

Research Meeting on Stochastic Delay Differential Equations at
University of Chester, UK
Title: Numerical and analytical solution of stochastic delay
differential equations, 31st August -3rd September 2010. To be held at
the Department of Mathematics, University of Chester, Parkgate Road,
Chester CH1 4BJ, UK
Organised by the Leverhulme Research Network whose members include:

Neville Ford – University of Chester, UK
Uwe Kϋchler – Humboldt University at Berlin, Germany
John Appleby – Dublin City University, Ireland
Xuerong Mao – University of Strathclyde, UK
Christopher Baker – Universities of Chester & Manchester, UK
Leonid Shaikhet – Donetsk State University of Management, Ukraine
Alexander Matasov – Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow
Michael Tretyakov – University of Leicester, UK

Speakers already confirmed include:
Gabriel Lord – Heriot-Watt University
Bernt Øksendal – University of Oslo, Norway
Gennady Bochorov – Institute of Numerical Mathematics, Russian Academy
of Sciences
Leonid Shaikhet – Donetsk State University of Management
Xuerong Mao - University of Strathclyde
Sotirios Sabanis – The University of Edinburgh
Chenggui Yuan – University of Wales, Swansea

Full details are available at the meeting homepage:
The Leverhulme International network, based in Chester and led by
Professor Neville Ford, has been established for 3 years, from 2008 to
2011, with the aim of bringing together experts from the areas of
mathematical modelling, mathematical analysis, numerical and
computational methods and stochastic analysis of functional differential
equations. This is the 3rd of 4 network workshop meetings to enable
methodologies to be shared and new working methods and collaborations to
be established.

Scientific queries to: Neville Ford (
Other queries to Nicola Williams (


From: Dongbin Xiu <>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 22:23:20 -0400
Subject: Announcement: International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification

Dear colleagues,

After many months of preparation, the "International Journal for
Uncertainty Quantification" (IJ4UQ) is now launched.

The journal is now open for paper submissions and we are looking
forward receiving your work and with your support making this the
premier Journal for Uncertainty Quantification. We plan for a rigorous
review process but anticipate a rapid turnaround publication schedule.

For more information on the Editorial Board and submission/
registration process,
please visit the above web site. The registration form requires a
manual approval (to avoid duplicate registrations) but you can avoid
that by asking us to pre-register you. For this and any other
information, please do not hesitate to contact our editorial office

Aims and Scope

The International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification disseminates
information of permanent interest in the areas of analysis, modeling,
design and control of complex systems in the presence of uncertainty.
The journal seeks to emphasize methods that cross stochastic analysis,
statistical modeling and scientific computing. Systems of interest are
governed by differential equations possibly with multiscale features.
Topics of particular interest include representation of uncertainty,
propagation of uncertainty across scales, resolving the curse of
dimensionality, long-time integration for stochastic PDEs, data-driven
approaches for constructing stochastic models, validation,
verification and uncertainty quantification for predictive
computational science, and visualization of uncertainty in high-
dimensional spaces. Bayesian computation and machine learning
techniques are also of interest for example in the context of
stochastic multiscale systems, for model selection/classification, and
decision making. Reports addressing the dynamic coupling of modern
experiments and modeling approaches towards predictive science are
particularly encouraged. Applications of uncertainty quantification in
all areas of physical and biological sciences are appropriate.

Editor-in-Chief, Nicholas Zabaras, Cornell University
Associate Editor, Dongbin Xiu, Purdue University


From: keBrnnstrm <>
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2010 06:09:03 -0500
Subject: Postdoctoral fellow, Computational Ecology, Umea University, Sweden

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to take on the numerical and
computational challenges arising in an international research collaboration
that aims to develop an evolutionary ecology vegetation model capable of
predicting vegetation structures favored under different environmental
conditions. The model is physiologically structured and represented
mathematically by an integro-partial differential equation, i.e., by a
PDE in
which coefficients depend on properties of the solution such as the light
availability at a given height above ground.

A major objective of your work will be the development of a fast solver for
integro-partial differential equations and the development of related
computational tools required for simulations. There is also scope for
developing algorithms and methods for studying phenotypic evolution in
physiologically structured population models. Ume University hosts a center
for high-performance computing, HPC2N, and we expect that you can make
use of
these computing resources if needed. Depending on the direction in which you
take your work, the position may lead to publications in computational
mathematics, mathematical/theoretical ecology, or both. In addition,
there is
a good opportunity that your contributions will become incorporated in the
next generation of world vegetation models.

The position is available for a period of one year, with a possible
prolongation for an additional year. The postdoc will work in close
collaboration with our international partners, including the International
Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria, and
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. The position is expected to entail
visits and secondments to one or both of these institutions, possibly for
durations of up to several months. The application deadline is April 29,

For further information, please see:

We look forward to receiving your application!


From: "Simon Shaw" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 17:01:03 +0100
Subject: Postdoc vacancy in BICOM, Brunel University, London, England

School of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics
Brunel Institute of Computational Mathematics (BICOM)
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Parallel Computing for Partial
Differential Equations in Biomechanics

Vacancy Ref: BHA0266-2

Salary R1: 32,019 - 33,837 pa incl. London Weighting
Full-Time, fixed-term for 3 years
Starting date: no later than 30 September 2010

Post-doctoral research fellow sought to work for three years on an EPSRC
funded project entitled Acoustic Localisation of Coronary Artery Stenosis.
This project is concerned with mathematical modelling and development of
novel software for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. It is a joint
effort with biomedical engineers at Queen Mary University of London and
Barts & The Royal London NHS Trust (Whitechapel), and with mathematicians
at North Carolina State University.

Your main duty will be the development and implementation of time domain
finite element methods in a multi-core high performance computing
environment. Essential requirements for this post are:

o A PhD in an area involving the finite element approximation of
time dependent partial differential equations.

o Practical and theoretical expertise in the implementation of
three dimensional finite element approximations (and use of mesh
generation software) in a high performance computing environment.

In addition, it will be a considerable advantage if you can demonstrate:

o An ability and willingness to work as part of an international,
interdisciplinary and multi-site team involving experimental
scientists as well as other mathematicians.

o An enthusiasm for matching theoretical results with experimental
ones in an applied and results-driven project.

o Excellent written and oral communication skills.

The web page gives more
details on this research project and informal enquiries for clarifying the
nature of the vacancy can be made by email to either Simon Shaw
( or to John Whiteman (

Closing date for applications: Monday 7 June 2010

Interviews to be held in July 2010

Application forms must be completed for all positions, for a downloadable
application form and further details please visit the Brunel web pages.

Alternatively e-mail to quoting the vacancy
reference number and post title in the subject line.

You can also return your application by post to the address below, quoting
the vacancy reference on the envelope:
Human Resources, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH



From: Dmitri Kuzmin <>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:17:12 -0500
Subject: PhD Studentship in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Germany

PhD Studentship in Computational Fluid Dynamics

Institute of Applied Mathematics (AM 3)
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship in
Computational Fluid Dynamics and Scientific Computing.

The graduate student will develop and implement high-resolution
finite element schemes for multiphase/multicomponent flows.

Experience and skills in the following areas will be an asset:

- Numerical methods for partial differential equations

- Iterative solvers for systems of algebraic equations

- Computational Fluid Dynamics (heat and mass transfer,
multiphase flow models, fluid-structure interaction)

- Programming in Fortran and/or C under UNIX/Linux.

The salary scale will be 1/2 TV-L 13 (formerly BAT IIa/2,
approximately 1200 EUR per month after taxes). An upgrade
and extension are possible, depending on the performance
of the candidate and availability of external funding.

Letters of application including a CV and a description
of experience in the above areas should be e-mailed to

Prof. Dmitri Kuzmin (

Selected candidates will be interviewed in Erlangen. Airfare
reimbursement is only possible for flights within Europe.


From: Emma Avery <>
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:17:57 +0100
Subject: Contents, Inverse Problems, volume 26, issue 4, April 2010

Volume 26, Issue 4, April 2010
Article numbers: 045001--045013

Individual articles are free for 30 days following their publication on the
web. This issue is available at:

A rigorous analysis using optimal transport theory for a two-reflector
design problem with a point source
Tilmann Glimm

Source splitting via the point source method
Roland Potthast, Filippo M Fazi and Philip A Nelson

Picosecond scale experimental verification of a globally convergent
algorithm for a coefficient inverse problem
Michael V Klibanov, Michael A Fiddy, Larisa Beilina, Natee Pantong and John

Mittag--Leffler's function, Vekua transform and an inverse obstacle
scattering problem
Masaru Ikehata

Uniqueness in inverse elastic scattering with finitely many incident waves
Johannes Elschner and Masahiro Yamamoto

Integral equation models for image restoration: high accuracy methods and
fast algorithms
Yao Lu, Lixin Shen and Yuesheng Xu

A multi-section approach for rough surface reconstruction via the
Kirsch--Kress scheme
C Burkard and R Potthast

Advancements to the planogram frequency--distance rebinning algorithm
Kyle M Champley, Raymond R Raylman and Paul E Kinahan

The boundary control approach to inverse spectral theory
Sergei Avdonin and Victor Mikhaylov

Circular resistor networks for electrical impedance tomography with partial
boundary measurements
L Borcea, V Druskin and A V Mamonov

Analytical and computational methods for transmission eigenvalues
David Colton, Peter Monk and Jiguang Sun

A posteriori error estimates for the adaptivity technique for the Tikhonov
functional and global convergence for a coefficient inverse problem
Larisa Beilina and Michael V Klibanov

Improving the Gauss--Newton convergence of a certain position registration
C Toews and B Nelson


From: "" <>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 14:49:39 +0300
Subject: Contents, Comp. Meth. Appl. Math., Vol. 10 (2010), No. 1

All papers are available at our web-site .

Adaptive Galerkin finite element methods for the wave equation
W.Bangerth (USA), M.Geiger (Germany), R.Rannacher (Germany)

A posteriori error estimators based on equilibrated fluxes
S.Cochez-Dhondt and S.Nicaise (France)

Multi-scale method for the crack problem in microstructural materials
W.Hoppe and I.Petrova (Germany)

Potentialities of the robust multigrid technique
S.I.Martynenko (Russia)

Quenching of numerical solutions for semilinear heat equations with a
variable reaction
F.K.N'gohisse (C'ote d'Ivoire)

Finite difference method for a second-order ordinary differential
equation with a boundary condition of the third kind
P.K.Pandey (India)


From: Chi-Wang Shu <>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 06:48:31 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Contents, Journal of Scientific Computing 43(2): May 2010

Journal of Scientific Computing

Volume 43, Number 2, May 2010

Efficient Parallel Solution of Nonlinear Parabolic
Partial Differential Equations by a Probabilistic
Domain Decomposition
Juan A. Acebron, Angel Rodriguez-Rozas and Renato
Spigler, pp.135-157.

Point-Value WENO Multiresolution Applications to
Stable Image Compression
F. Arandiga, A. M. Belda and P. Mulet, pp.158-182.

A Posteriori Error Estimation for a Finite Volume
Discretization on Anisotropic Meshes
M. Afif, B. Amaziane, G. Kunert, Z. Mghazli and S.
Nicaise, pp.183-200.

Generalized Jacobi Rational Spectral Method and
Its Applications
Ben-Yu Guo and Yong-Gang Yi, pp.201-238.

A Tailored Finite Point Method for
Convection-Diffusion-Reaction Problems
Yintzer Shih, R. Bruce Kellogg and Peishan Tsai,

Adaptive Multiresolution Methods for the Simulation
of Waves in Excitable Media
Raimund Burger, Ricardo Ruiz-Baier and Kai Schneider,

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