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Adventures of a Mathematician

Stanislaw M Ulam

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ISBN 10: 0684143917 / ISBN 13: 9780684143910
Published by Scribner, 1976
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Firts edition. Hardcover. 317 pp. with bibliography, index. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. Fine, previosu owner's signature on front free endpaper and unused bookplate front pastedown; in bright, crisp dust jacket. Recollections of S.M. Ulam recounting memorable experiences in the fields of science and mathematics. Born in Poland, he became a working mathematician in the 1930s. The Seond World War abruptly took him from that field into the world of physics and he joined the Manhattan Project. Ulam was one of the first to use and advocate computers for scientific research, co-authors the paper that was the basis for construction of the hydrogen bomb, and originator of ideas for nuclear propulsion of space vehicles. Bookseller Inventory # GE16763

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Title: Adventures of a Mathematician

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: First edition.

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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.
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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With his wide-ranging interests, Ulam never emphasized the importance of his contribution to the research that resulted in the hydrogen bomb. Now William Mathews and Daniel Hirsch 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.

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