Calculating an auto-convolution integral by Fourier transforms

Recently I came across a forum contribution [1] where the author describes how to use the unitarity of the Fourier transform on $L^2(\RR)$ to compute the definite integral \begin{equation}\label{eq:I} I(t_0) \DEF \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}{\frac{\sin(\tau – t_0)}{(\tau – t_0)}\frac{\sin(\tau + t_0)}{(\tau + t_0)}\,d\tau}, \end{equation} where $t_0 \in \RR$ is a constant. In the… Read moreCalculating an auto-convolution integral by Fourier transforms

From offline LaTeX to online QuickLaTeX

For writing mathematics in WordPress using LaTeX I have been using Pavel Holoborodko’s nice QuickLaTeX plugin. It makes it very easy to convert offline LaTeX source code, possibly including custom macros, into (part of) a WordPress post. To reduce the effort a bit further, I wrote a tiny Python 3… Read moreFrom offline LaTeX to online QuickLaTeX

Continuity of polynomial roots

It was recently brought up how to show that the roots of a real or complex polynomial depend continuously on the polynomial’s coefficients. Although I have used this proposition numerous times, implicitly and explicitly, I realized that I never saw a proof of it. Perhaps the most obvious approach would… Read moreContinuity of polynomial roots

Troy Davis and the censorship of doubt

Since September I have been a member of a well-known internet forum on science, mathematics and engineering. Overall, this was an enjoyable and stimulating experience. At some point I made it to “science adviser”, which I believe is a term forum staff reserves for members that display a better than… Read moreTroy Davis and the censorship of doubt