[Numpy-discussion] What is consensus anyway

Travis Oliphant travis@continuum...
Wed Apr 25 00:56:30 CDT 2012

I've given several talks on the subject, but I don't think I've ever written a blog-post about it.     A reasonable history does exist  in the beginning of the "Guide to NumPy" which is still available for free at 



On Apr 25, 2012, at 12:18 AM, Fernando Perez wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:02 PM,  <josef.pktd@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Sorry that I missed this part of numpy history, I always had the
>> impression that numpy is run by a community led by Chuck and the young
>> guys, David, Pauli, Stefan, Pierre; and Robert on the mailing list .
>> (But I came late, and am just a balcony muppet.)
> Travis, when you have a free minute (ha :)  it would be very nice if
> you wrote up a blog post with some of the history from say the 2000s
> with Numeric, through Numarray and into Numpy.  Some of us saw all
> that happen first hand and know it well, but since most of it simply
> happened on mailing lists, conferences and assorted meetings, it's
> actually quite hard to understand that history if you arrive now.
> It's not really written up anywhere, and nobody is going to read 10
> years' worth of email archives :)
> Guido a while back wrote a fantastic set of posts on the history of
> python itself that I've greatly enjoyed:
> http://python-history.blogspot.com/
> something similar for numpy would be nice to have...
> Though thinking more about it, perhaps a better alternative could be a
> 'history of the scipy world' where multiple people could write guest
> posts about each project they've had a part of.  I think something
> like that could be a lot of fun, and also useful :)
> Cheers,
> f
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