Central Iowa Software Symposium

August 2 - 4, 2013

Discrete Math You Need to Know

Saturday - Aug 3 3:15 PM - Polk

Tim Berglund

Tim Berglund

Director of Developer Experience at Confluent

What do you need to know about combinatorics, number 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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About Tim Berglund

Tim is a teacher, author, and technology leader with Confluent, where he serves as the Senior Director of Developer Experience. He can frequently be found at speaking at conferences in the United States and all over the world. He is the co-presenter of various O’Reilly training videos on topics ranging from Git to Distributed Systems, and is the author of Gradle Beyond the Basics. He tweets as @tlberglund, blogs very occasionally at http://timberglund.com, is the co-host of the http://devrelrad.io podcast, and lives in Littleton, CO, USA with the wife of his youth and their youngest child, the other two having mostly grown up.