ABSTRACT: What is the matrix SVD? How did Spock use the SVD to save the Universe in the first Star Trek movie? How can you use the SVD to study the human gait, to find a date, to win elections, and to face Covid-19?
BIO: (From his website): Cleve Moler is a former math professor, chief mathematician, chairman, and cofounder of MathWorks, and a SIAM visiting lecturer. Moler was a professor of math and computer science for almost 20 years at the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the University of New Mexico.He spent five years with two computer hardware manufacturers, the Intel Hypercube organization and Ardent Computer, before joining MathWorks full-time in 1989. In addition to being the author of the first version of MATLAB, Moler is one of the authors of the LINPACK and EISPACK scientific subroutine libraries. He is coauthor of three traditional textbooks on numerical methods and author of two online books, Numerical Computing with MATLAB and Experiments with MATLAB. Cleve Molder received his B.S. Mathematics from Caltech and his Ph.D in Mathematics from Stanford University.