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Analogies Between Analogies: The Mathematical Reports Of S.m. Ulam And His Los Alamos Collaborators
by Stanislaw M. Ulam, Ed. By A. R. Bednarek And Francoise Ulam
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During his forty-year association with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, mathematician Stanislaw Ulam produced many Laboratory Reports, usually in collaboration with colleagues. Some remain classified to this day. The rest are in this volume, easily accessible for the first time to mathematicians, physical scientists, and historians. The timeliness of these papers is remarkable. They contain seminal ideas in fields such as the theory of parallel computation, cellular automata, mathematical biology, and nonlinear stochastic processes. Ulam's fertile ideas were far ahead of their time, and ranged over many branches of science. He fulfilled the statement of his friend and mentor, the great mathematician Stefan Banach, that the very best mathematicians see "analogies between analogies." Introduced by A. R. Bednarek and Franoise Ulam, the Los Alamos reports offer a unique view of one of the twentieth century's intellectual pioneers.
From the Inside Flap
"Most of the ideas presented retain their importance today, and . . . are absolutely fundmental, both from a historical and from a scientific viewpoint."--Gian-Carlo Rota, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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"Most of the ideas presented retain their importance today, and . . . are absolutely fundmental, both from a historical and from a scientific viewpoint." (Gian-Carlo Rota, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
About the Author
S. M. Ulam (1909-1984), a key member of the now legendary Polish School of Mathematics, came to the United States in 1935. After work at Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Wisconsin, he joined the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos in 1944. In addition to his articles, essays, and books of mathematical studies, Ulam published an autobiography, Adventures of a Mathematician.
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