Have you been paying attention in your numerical analysis or scientific
If not, it could be a costly mistake. Here are some real life examples of what can happen
when numerical algorithms are not correctly applied.
Missile failure, in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, on February 25, 1991
which resulted in 28 deaths, is ultimately attributable to poor handling of rounding errors.
of the Ariane 5 rocket just after lift-off on its maiden voyage off French
Guiana, on June 4, 1996,
was ultimately the consequence of a simple overflow.
of the Sleipner A offshore platform in Gandsfjorden near Stavanger, Norway,
on August 23, 1991,
resulted in a loss of nearly one billion dollars. It was found to be the result of inaccurate finite element analysis.