Viktor T. TothViktor T. Toth is a software developer and author of Visual C++ Unleashed and other computer books. He is also author of over two dozen scientific papers on topics in theoretical physics.
Viktor received his first software development contract in 1979: His task was to simulate the take-off distance of TU-154 aircraft with engine failure at Budapest airport under various weather conditions, to compute tables of maximum take-off weight. Since then, he has worked on many software projects and is thoroughly familiar with the entire software development life cycle.
He authored or co-authored studies for large software projects (for instance, he was one of the authors of the Automation Master Plan of the Canadian Patent Office in 1988); he designed and developed the Windows version of Industry Canada’s Integrated Spectrum Observation Centre, with over 120,000 lines of C++ code; and he created NORTEC’s HELP (Humidification, Engineering and Loadsizing Program), an application for professional engineers and salespersons dealing with large-scale building humidification systems.
He also wrote several books on the C++ programming language and the Linux operating system. As part of his scientific research, he independently developed a precision orbit determination program used to analyze the anomalous trajectory of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft. He is also one of the maintainers of Maxima, the preeminent open source computer algebra system.
Viktor is just as competent with modern software development technologies as with ancient systems. He routinely switches between developing an interactive app for his Android smartphone and maintaining 30-year-old legacy LISP code for Maxima. He is familiar with formal software project management and development methodologies. Last but not least, he also has experience designing and debugging hardware.
His papers include General relativistic observables of the GRAIL mission, Numerical simulation code for self-gravitating Bose-Einstein condensates, Applying MOG to lensing: Einstein rings, Abell 520, and the Bullet Cluster, Support for the thermal origin of the Pioneer anomaly, Accelerating relativistic reference frames in Minkowski space-time, Support for temporally varying behavior of the Pioneer anomaly from the extended Pioneer 10 and 11 Doppler data sets, and Cosmological observations in a modified theory of gravity (MOG).
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