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Kernighan discusses ‘Millions, Billions, Zillions: Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers’

Brian Kernighan, a professor of computer science, wants to help everyone, regardless of their math background, navigate the dazzling array of numbers flung around by journalists, advertisers and politicians every day. In his latest book, “Millions, Billions, Zillions: Defending Yourself in a World of Too Many Numbers,” published this month by Princeton University Press, he demonstrates how numbers and graphics can mislead and misrepresent, and he offers shortcuts and tips to help readers think critically about the figures they encounter.

Merging memory and computation, programmable chip speeds AI, slashes power use

By shifting a fundamental property of computation, Princeton researchers have built a new type of computer chip that boosts the performance and slashes the energy demands of systems used for artificial intelligence.

Andlinger Center Annual Meeting Discusses Clean Energy Expansion

The Andlinger Center's 2018 Annual Meeting discussed approaches to expand clean energy in society

Innovation key to N.J. climate, economic future, Gov. Murphy tells Andlinger meeting at Princeton

Gov. Phil Murphy addressed a gathering at Princeton University on Nov. 9 and sketched his plan to bring a range of new technologies to the state.

Researchers simplify tiny structures’ construction drip by drip

Research point to method that could harness droplets to cheaply and quickly fabricate objects that normally require a more expensive and time-consuming process.

Cross-sector partnerships advance climate solutions, broaden education

Yueh-Lin (Lynn) Loo, Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Theodora D. ’78 and William H. Walton III ’74 Professor in Engineering, discusses the innovations needed to meet the challenges of a changing climate.

Math describes how bubbles pop

Researchers have developed a formula that describes how bubbles burst. The finding has implications for research from atmospheric science to oceanography.

Experts assess voting security as midterm elections approach

Despite progress in securing voting in the United States, many jurisdictions still use electronic voting machines that leave no paper trail. According to experts who gathered October 17 at Princeton, this is a serious vulnerability.

‘Ghost’ particles, gliding through sun, reveal inner workings of solar furnace

Investigators of the Borexino collaboration report the most detailed record to date of neutrinos produced by fusion reactions in the solar interior. Often called ghost particles because they pass through matter without leaving a trace, neutrinos can be used as proxies to determine the chain of reactions that make up solar fusion — the reaction that spews forth the sun’s tremendous energy.

New tool streamlines the creation of moving pictures

It’s often easy to imagine balloons soaring or butterflies fluttering across a still image, but realizing this vision through computer animation is easier said than done. Now, a team of researchers has developed a new tool that makes animating such images much simpler.

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