Discrete Math You Need to Know

Tim Berglund (Confluent)
Geek Lifestyle
Location: Portland Ballroom Level: Intermediate
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What do you need to know about prime numbers, Markov chains, graph theory, and the underpinnings of public key cryptography? Well, maybe more than you think!

In this talk, we’ll explore the branch of mathematics that deals with separate, countable things. Most of the math we learn in school deals with real-valued quantities like mass, length, and time. However, much of the work of the software developer deals with counting, combinations, numbers, graphs, and logical statements: the purview of discrete mathematics. Join us for this brief exploration of an often-overlooked but eminently practical area of mathematics.

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Tim Berglund


Tim is a full-stack generalist and passionate teacher who loves working with people as much as he loves to code. He is a GitHubber whose mission is to make it easy for everybody in the world to use Git. He is a speaker internationally and on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour in the United States, who loves to speak on Git, Cassandra, and other topics. He is co-president of the Denver Open Source User Group, co-presenter of the best-selling O’Reilly Git Master Class, co-author of Building and Testing with Gradle, a member of the O’Reilly Expert Network, and a member of the GigOM Pro Analyst Network. He occasionally blogs at http://timberglund.com. He lives in Littleton, CO, USA with the wife of his youth and their three children.

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Marc Towersap
07/30/2013 8:01am PDT

Is there a slidedeck I can look at to learn from? thx!

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Kirby Urner
07/24/2013 4:41pm PDT

Mathematics for the Digital Age and Programming in Python likewise follows the course of your talk in building up to RSA as a worthy climax / culmination of discrete math topics. Looking forward to your slides. Studying Clojure.


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