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Los Alamos Science No. 15, 1987: Stan Ulam : Esquisse

By Françoise Ulam

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Title: Los Alamos Science No. 15, 1987: Stan Ulam : Esquisse  
Author: Françoise Ulam
Volume: Volume 15, Article 1
Language: English
Subject: Newsletter, Science, Education
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Los Alamos Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory Journal Collection
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Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory


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Description: Stan Ulam, brilliant mathematician, participant in the Manhattan Project, and co-inventor of the hydrogen bomb, was one of those extraordinary men who solidified LANL's early reputation. Stan left a legacy in mathematics, physics, and biology, reflecting his immense intelligence and gift for abstraction. He was a catalyst for new programs at LANL and offered novel ideas even to fields he knew little about. In this volume, mathematicians and physicists who were very close to Stan describe his influence on their way of thinking. Their own contributions to fields in which Stan played a seminal role-from probability theory and nonlinear systems to the Monte Carlo method, heuristic mathematics, and DNA sequence analysis- were also discussed. In the closing section of this volume, called ""The Ulam Touch-Unpublished Items,"" the reader gets a direct feel for Ulam's irrepressible wit and imagination.

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Table of Contents: Stan Ulam: Esquisse -- Stan Ulam: Vita; Excerpts from Adventures of a Mathematician -- Stan Ulam: The Lost Cafe -- Stan Ulam: From Above the Fray -- The Ulam Legacy: Mathematics -- The Spirit of Play: A Memoir for Stan Ulam -- Probability and Nonlinear Systems -- Iteration of Maps, Strange Attractors, and Number Theory: An Ulamian Potpourri -- Learning from Ulam: Measurable Cardinals, Ergodicity, and Biomathematics -- A Similarity Measure for Graphs: Reflections on a Theme of Ulam -- The Ulam Legacy: Physics -- The Beginning of the Monte Carlo Method -- Stan Ulam, John von Neumann, and the Monte Carlo Method -- Early Work in Numerical Hydrodynamics -- Instabilities and Turbulence -- Discrete Fluids -- Nonlinear Science-From Paradigms to Practicalities -- The Ergodic Hypothesis: A Complicated Problem of Mathematics and Physics -- The Ulam Legacy: Biology -- Reflections on the Brain's Attempts To Understand Itself -- Sequence Analysis: Contributions by Ulam to Molecular Genetics -- The Ulam Touch -- A Memorable Memo -- Sub Rosa: A Trialogue -- Conversations with Rota -- The Publications of Stanislaw M. Ulam


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