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Vista, Visual Studio 2008, Intel Suite and IMSL

Since the first post on Visual Studio and Intel Fortran I have made some substantial modifications to my setup.

First of all - for a long period of time - I went back to Microsoft XP and installed the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Premier Partner Edition, which shipped with my copy of the academic version of Intel Visual Fortran 10.1 Professional Edition with IMSL - no problems.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 was released some months ago on MSDNAA, and some weeks ago Intel released updates with the relevant interfaces. Now I have decided to give Vista another shot. I have purchased the Intel® Software Development Suite Student Edition for Windows (because of the included optimization tools), installed Visual Studio 2008 and then the Intel suite (plus my 'old' copy of IMSL).

The interested reader can find screenshots attached, that describe my choice of Project Properties and Tools Options in Visual Studio 2008. My values in Project Properties ->…

Introduction to Bayesian Scientific Computing

D. Calvetti & E. Somersalo, Springer (2007), is a nice little book, with a remarkable good preface.

Here's some quotes:

"The nature of mathematics is being exact, and its exactness is underlined by the formalism used by mathematicians to write it. This formalism, characterized by theorems and proofs, and syncopated with occasional lemmas, remarks and corollaries, is so deeply ingrained that mathematicians feel uncomfortable when the pattern is broken, to the point of giving the impression that the attitude of mathematicians towards the way mathematics should be written is almost moralistic. There is a definition often quoted, "A mathematician is a person who proves theorems", and a similar, more alchemistic one, credited to Paul Erdös, but more likely going back to Alfréd Rényi, stating that "A mathematician is a machine that transforms coffee into theorems" (Footnote: That said, academic mathematics departments should invest on high quality coffee bean…