Fakultät II – Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften der Technischen Universität Berlin
This book was typeset with TEX using L ATEX and many further formatting packages. The pictures were prepared using pstricks, xfig, gnuplot and gmt. All numerals in this text are recycled. Für meine Eltern Preface Avoid reality at all costs — fortune(6) As the inclined reader will find out soon enough, this thesis is not about deeply involved mathematics as a mean in itself, but about how to apply mathematics to solve real-world problems. We will show how to shape, forge, and yield our tool of choice to rapidly answer questions of concern to people outside the world of mathematics. But there is more to it. Our tool of choice is software. This is not unusual, since it has become standard practice in science to use software as part of experiments and sometimes even for proofs. But in order to call an experiment scientific it must be reproducible. Is this the case?