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This website provides direct access to selected digital material of the book Bits and Bugs: A Scientific and Historical Review of Software Failures in Computational Science, published in March 2019.

The first column of the following table refers to the corresponding section of the book. Recent bugs or material that is not (yet) contained in the book are marked by red color.

Section Description of material Source
0.1 Background How it all started: NA digest post of Pete Stewart
1.4 Classification Heisenberg effect in matlab myrealmin.m, myrealmin_withOutput.m
Original website of Walter Gander on Heisenberg example
2.1 Ariane 5 YouTube video of the explosion of Ariane 501
images of sec. 38-44 after liftoff
2.2 Y2K Article of Paul Krill (ref. [7])
2.3 Vancouver variants of VSE index results matlab_vancouver_sampleRuns.m
2.4 Patriot Video of congressional hearing
Website with html versions of many statements in the congressional hearing
YouTube video summarizing the Patriot system, the Dhahran events, and some of T. Postol’s arguments
2.4.6 Other Bugs BBC: In the wake of HMS Sheffield (Video)
BBC: In the wake of HMS Sheffield (Video)
HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet (Video)
3.1 Sleipner Exc. 7: exponential function and its derivative exponential_derivatives.m
corresponding plot of matlab file exponential_derivatives.pdf
Exc. 9: Lagrange polynomials lagrange_polynomials.m
corresponding plot of matlab file lagrange_polynomials_interpol.pdf
Working paper of Ger Wackers (reference [47])
3.2 London Millenium YouTube video of Quebec Bridge problem
YouTube video of Quebec Bridge problem
YouTube video of Tacoma Bridge collapse
YouTube video of the opening of the Millenium Bridge
YouTube video of the testing of the Millenium Bridge
3.3 Weather general description on weather forecast by DWD
3.4 Math. Finance YouTube video: Mark Blyth on the Danger of Mathematical Models
YouTube video: Nassim Taleb on Black Monday
Interview of New Yorker with Nassim Taleb
4.1 Fly-by-wire YouTube video on the accident at Warsaw (Poland) in 1993
YouTube video on the near accident at Hamburg (Germany) in 2008
YouTube video on the accident near Ueberlingen (Germany) in 2002
Article on Boeing 737 and FAA in The New Yorker
Article on Boeing problems in aviation-blog
Crash of Boeing 737-8 (MAX) in Indonesia in 2018: Preliminary Aircraft Accident Investigation Report
summary of preliminary Aircraft Accident Investigation Report
Crash of Boeing 737-8 (MAX) in Ethiopia in 2019: Report of ABC News
Crash of Boeing 737-8 (MAX) in Ethiopia in 2019: Report of CNN
4.2 Automotive YouTube video on accident of Google car on February 14, 2016
YouTube video on Joshua Brown's Tesla S accident with a semitruck on May 7, 2016
YouTube video on Tesla S accident with a fire truck on January 22, 2018
YouTube video on Tesla X accident at construction site in March 23, 2018
YouTube video: demo of Tesla's autopilot
Video on Tesla S crashing in standing bus, May 2016, in CH
5.1 Space Shuttle Paper of Garman (reference [3])
NASA survey report on all Space Shuttle missions including data on STS-1 (reference [7])
YoutTube video of press conference on solution of the problem of Pathfinder
YoutTube video on the planned vs. real landing Mars Polar Lander
YoutTube video on Beagle 2: report on loss and discovery of parts
6.1 Pentium Matlab file for the creation of Fig. 6.2 pentium_table.m
Original Edelman matlab code edelman.m
Website of Edelman including his paper
"Pentium Papers" of Cleve Moler
Cleve Moler's matlab files on pentium bug on matlab central
Website of T. Nicely
6.2 Rover Flash Article of G. Reeves (NASA JPL)
NASA press releases: Jan. 21.- 29., 2004, on rover spirit
7.1 Therac-25 YouTube Video on Therac-25 cases and problems
YouTube video on the explanation of the race condition bug
7.2 Denver YouTube Video on Denver (by MSNBC)
YouTube Video on Heathrow (by BBC News)
YouTube Video on Heathrow (by NTDTV)
YouTube Video on Heathrow (by ITV)
YouTube Video on Heathrow (by Vanderlande)
YouTube Video on Heathrow (by Brady)
7.3 SDI YouTube Video on the difficulties of ballistic missile defense
8.1.3 Neural Networks The Neural Net Tank Urban Legend
MISC QR code generation example_denver.m
original sources for QR code generation
Github: Package for pdf plotting of figures