Divakaran, D
(2023)
Adventures of a Mathematician By Stanislaw Ulam.
At Right Angles.
pp. 8689.
ISSN 25821873
Abstract
Stanislaw Ulam is probably best known among pure mathematicians for one of his early works with Karol Borsuk: the BorsukUlam theorem. The special case of this theorem in dimension 2 is usually dubbed as “there are always two antipodal points on earth’s surface that have the exact same temperatures and exact same pressures.” Hidden
behind is a reasonable assumption that temperature and pressure vary continuously on the surface of the earth. Among wellread nonmathematicians, he is probably wellknown for his central role in the Manhattan Project. Few people would know that he invented the MonteCarlo method, that he came up with the concept of cellular automata, and that he even made important contributions to the moon landing project and mathematical biology.
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