Understanding small things 27 Feb 2019
Tools have two main purposes: to help us sense and to help us do. In science, we use tools to help us sense. Science advances in two ways: building directly on the knowledge of previous scientific findings, and using tools to extend our senses further.
The algoraphics library 01 Feb 2019
In the last six years I’ve written numerous Python scripts to generate graphics. By using algorithms that incorporate both repetition and randomness, I can produce images that would be infeasible or at least time-consuming to draw by hand.
A biologist's work 06 Jan 2019
When I would tell people I do computational biology, they would nearly always remark on the ‘computational’ part, saying either that it sounds way beyond their comprehension or asking what on Earth it means. I would inwardly groan, because isn’t it obvious what it means? More recently I realized why ‘computational biology’ was so confusing to people, including both non-scientists and scientists in other areas: because it isn’t a real field.