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Adventures of a Mathematician.

Author: Daniel Hirsch; William G Mathews; S M Ulam; Jan Mycielski; Stanislaw M Ulam
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press July 1991.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Electronic book
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Hirsch; William G Mathews; S M Ulam; Jan Mycielski; Stanislaw M Ulam
ISBN: 0520071549 9780520071544 0520910559 9780520910553 0585182000 9780585182001
OCLC Number: 1066386548
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (384 pages) illustrations
Other Titles: Adventures of a Mathematician (Online)

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The autobiography of mathematician Stanislaw Ulam, one of the great scientific minds of the twentieth century, tells a story rich with amazingly prophetic speculations and peppered with lively anecdotes. As a member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1944 on, Ulam helped to precipitate some of the most dramatic changes of the postwar world. He was among the first to use and advocate computers for scientific research, originated ideas for the nuclear propulsion of space vehicles, and made fundamental contributions to many of today's most challenging mathematical projects.<br />With his wide-ranging interests, Ulam never emphasized the importance of his contributions to the research that resulted in the hydrogen bomb. Now Daniel Hirsch and William Mathews reveal the true story of Ulam's pivotal role in the making of the "Super," in their historical introduction to this behind-the-scenes look at the minds and ideas that ushered in the nuclear age. An epilogue by Franoise Ulam and Jan Mycielski sheds new light on Ulam's character and mathematical originality.

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