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Numba: Tell those C++ bullies to get lost


Numba: Tell those C++ bullies to get lost by Gil Forsyth   This is the title of our SciPy 2016 tutorial, where we take aim at those who claim Python is not for science because its performance stinks.  Wake up, world!  You've been able to make Python codes fast for a long time, with Cython,... Continue »

Announcing AeroPython!


I haven't lectured in two years. I've of course been teaching, but have stopped using the method known as "the lecture"—delivering a set amount of material (aka, "covering") from the front of the classroom to a group of mostly quiet, note-taking students. Like greater profs before me, I am a converted lecturer.1 It was Spring... Continue »

Student guest blog post: pterosaur weight estimation

The second in a series of blog posts by the students of "Bio-aerial Locomotion" at GW, and part of a collaborative and interactive study of some controversial issues about giant pterosaurs' ability to fly. The first student guest blog post (by Akash Druv and Alex Golding) addresses the quadrupedal-launch thesis of Prof. Michael Habib (and... Continue »

Student guest blog post: pterosaur quad launch

Illustration of the pterosaur quadrupedal launch. Appeared in Popular Science, credited to Kevin Hand (3 March 2009).

This is the first of a series of blog posts from students' course work for the "Bio-aerial Locomotion" class at GW's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The students explore several controversial topics about a giant pterosaur's ability to fly. Some background On Sept. 22, 2013, Prof. Michael Habib (who was a guest speaker in our... Continue »