Bossy Lobster

A blog by Danny Hermes; musing on tech, mathematics, etc.

Newton's (Method's) Failure

Finding zeros of any old function is a common task, and using Newton's method is one of the best tools for carrying out this task. I've even written an old post that used this method.

However, Newton's method loses some of it's luster around repeated roots ...

An Interesting Bug

A fairly common interview question is

What is the "hardest" bug you've dealt with?

I've both asked it and answered it in interviews. It's pretty rare that the answer is useful and actionable, but I'll hold off on commenting on the state of the art in ...

Constantly Seek Criticism

I was recently catching up on articles and videos I'd been putting off and came across a great quote from Elon Musk:

A well thought out critique ... is as valuable as gold. And you should seek that from everyone you can, but particularly your friends ... It doesn't mean ...

Brand New Blog

After a happy 3-year run with Blogger, I've decided to revamp my blog with viewers in mind.

Why?

When I started my blog, I was still learning the ropes as a programmer. I was happy to have a place to share the things I learned, but didn't have ...