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Los Alamos Science No. 14, Fall 1986: Metropolis, Monte Carlo, and the MANIAC

By Herbert L. Anderson

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Reproduction Date: 1986

Title: Los Alamos Science No. 14, Fall 1986: Metropolis, Monte Carlo, and the MANIAC  
Author: Herbert L. Anderson
Volume: Volume 14, Article 5
Language: English
Subject: Newsletter, Science, Education
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Los Alamos Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory Journal Collection
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Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory


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Description: Natural heat engines were the passion of the late John Wheatley, one of the greatest low-temperature physicists of the 20th century. Natural engines have no moving parts, making them ideal for applications in space. John Wheatley loved them because they could be fully understood using classical thermodynamics. In a roundtable, his colleagues bring to life Wheatley's unique style of work and dedication. Other topics in this volume include the application of photoconductivity to ultra-fast electronic devices, LANL-sponsored geothermal energy projects in the Caribbean Basin, and finally Herb Anderson's tribute to Nick Metropolis. Metropolis is famous for designing the MANIAC, one of the first digital computers and for greatly improving the effectiveness of the Monte Carlo method, an extremely useful numerical technique invented at Los Alamos that employs statistical sampling to simulate the results of complicated physical phenomena.

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Table of Contents: The Natural Heat Engine -- John Wheatley (1927-1986): Pushing the Limits -- Photoconductivity and Picosecond Signals -- Caribbean Basin Proyecto -- Metropolis, Monte Carlo, and the MANIAC


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