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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.

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 is marked by red color.


Section Description of material Source
0.1 Background How it all started: NA digest post of Pete Stewart http://www.netlib.org/na-digest-html/99/v99n43.html#1
1.4 Classification Heisenberg effect in matlab myrealmin.m, myrealmin_withOutput.m
Original website of Walter Gander on Heisenberg example https://www.inf.ethz.ch/personal/gander/Heisenberg/paper
2.1 Ariane 5 YouTube video of the explosion of Ariane 501 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp_D8r-2hwk
images of sec. 38-44 after liftoff http://www.thomas-zehrer.de/?p=49
2.2 Y2K Article of Paul Krill (ref. [7]) https://www.infoworld.com/article/2683640/y2k--10-years-later.html
2.3 Vancouver variants of VSE index results matlab_vancouver_sampleRuns.m
2.4 Patriot Video of congressional hearing https://www.c-span.org/video/?25443-1/patriot-missile-performance
Website with html versions of many statements in the congressional hearing https://web.archive.org/web/20121112172544/http://www.fas.org/spp/starwars/congress/1992_h/index.html
YouTube video summarizing the Patriot system, the Dhahran events, and some of T. Postol’s arguments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OEjnBfuNSc
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]) https://www.duo.uio.no/bitstream/handle/10852/17747/WP33.pdf
3.2 London Millenium YouTube video of Quebec Bridge problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQUHZV7r8iI
YouTube video of Quebec Bridge problem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk1xEctDK0k
YouTube video of Tacoma Bridge collapse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mclp9QmCGs
YouTube video of the opening of the Millenium Bridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAXVa__XWZ8
YouTube video of the testing of the Millenium Bridge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfgNqi4RGLk
3.3 Weather general description on weather forecast by DWD https://www.dwd.de/EN/research/weatherforecasting/weatherforecasting_node.html
3.4 Math. Finance YouTube video: Mark Blyth on the Danger of Mathematical Models https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmWbkPezgtU
YouTube video: Nassim Taleb on Black Monday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFGX3y07hc4
Interview of New Yorker with Nassim Taleb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_NqImYe3eI
4.1 Fly-by-wire YouTube video on the accident at Warsaw (Poland) in 1993 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQP-HI8aVAY
YouTube video on the near accident at Hamburg (Germany) in 2008 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueJeC2pxxbM
YouTube video on the accident near Ueberlingen (Germany) in 2002 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rycXgXPuDWU
Crash of Boeing 737-8 (MAX) in Indonesia in 2018: Preliminary Aircraft Accident Investigation Report https://reports.aviation-safety.net/2018/20181029-0_B38M_PK-LQP_PRELIMINARY.pdf
summary of preliminary Aircraft Accident Investigation Report https://www.airlive.net/ntsc-indonesia-publishes-preliminary-report-on-jt610-boeing-737-max-8-crash/
Crash of Boeing 737-8 (MAX) in Ethiopia in 2019: Report of ABC News https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-18/ethiopian-airlines-737-max-8-similarities-to-lion-air-crash/10910460
Crash of Boeing 737-8 (MAX) in Ethiopia in 2019: Report of CNN https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/13/politics/boeing-737-max-8-software/index.html