Oral history interview with Nicholas C. Metropolis

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Oral history interview with Nicholas C. Metropolis

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Charles Babbage Institute


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Metropolis, the first director of computing services at Los Alamos National Laboratory, discusses John von Neumann's work in computing. Most of the interview concerns activity at Los Alamos: how von Neumann came to consult at the laboratory; his scientific contacts there, including Metropolis, Robert Richtmyer, and Edward Teller; von Neumann's first hands-on experience with punched card equipment; his contributions to shock-fitting and the implosion problem; interactions between, and comparisons of von Neumann and Enrico Fermi; and the development of Monte Carlo techniques. Other topics include: the relationship between Turing and von Neumann; work on numerical methods for non-linear problems; and the ENIAC calculations done for Los Alamos.


Transcript, 34 pp. Audio file available at http://purl.umn.edu/95547

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Nicholas C. Metropolis, OH 135. Oral history interview by William Aspray, 29 May 1987, Los Alamos, New Mexico. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107493

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Metropolis, N. (Nicholas), 1915-. (1987). Oral history interview with Nicholas C. Metropolis. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/107493.

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