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Software developers are not depressed (but everyone else is)

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I often see stories associating software development with depression and other mental health issues. A lot of people saw a 2013 talk by Greg Baugues in which he talks about his bipolar disorder and the possible suicide of one of his co-workers. There are a lot of posts talking specifically about Aaron Swartz. There’s a website and forum devoted to the topic of developers with depression. The perception amongst developers is that we are a high-risk group for depression and related disorders.

What can computers do? What are the limits of mathematics? And just how busy can a busy beaver be? This year, I’m writing Busy Beavers, a unique interactive book on computability theory. You and I will take a practical and modern approach to answering these questions — or at least learning why some questions are unanswerable!

It’s only $19, and you can get 50% off if you find the discount code ... Not quite. Hackers use the console!

After months of secret toil, I and Andrew Carr released Everyday Data Science, a unique interactive online course! You’ll make the perfect glass of lemonade using Thompson sampling. You’ll lose weight with differential equations. And you might just qualify for the Olympics with a bit of statistics!

It’s $29, but you can get 50% off if you find the discount code ... Not quite. Hackers use the console!

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