Adventures of a Mathematician

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University of California Press, 1991 - 329 pages
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.

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 Françoise Ulam and Jan Mycielski sheds new light on Ulam's character and mathematical originality.
 

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Table des matières

Prologue
xxvii
Becoming a Mathematician in Poland
xxxi
Childhood
xxxiii
Student Years
15
Travels Abroad
42
A Working Mathematician in America
53
Princeton Days
55
Harvard Years
74
Southern California 19451946
162
Back at Los Alamos
178
The Super
199
The Death of Two Pioneers
215
The Past Fifteen Years
237
Government Science
239
Professor
256
Random Reflections
263

Transition and Crisis
96
The University of Wisconsin
113
Life among the Physicists
138
Los Alamos
138
Postscript to Adventures
295
Bibliography
309
Index
311
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Page 11 - Nobody will blame Teller because the calculations of 1946 were wrong, especially because adequate computing machines were not then available. But he was blamed at Los Alamos for leading the Laboratory, and indeed the whole country, into an adventurous program on the basis of calculations which he himself must have known to have been very incomplete.

À propos de l'auteur (1991)

S. M. Ulam (1909-1984) was born in Poland and was a key member of the now legendary Polish School of Mathematics. In the United States from 1935 on, he received many academic appointments and honors and authored many articles, essays, and mathematical books, including Analogies between Analogies (California, 1990). Daniel Hirsch is President of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, located in Los Angeles. William G. Mathews is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Françoise Ulam is a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jan Mycielski is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado.

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