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Even Before I Was Born

January 7, 2008
Roscoe, N.Y.

"Incidently, π is now know, by computation in the ENIAC computer at Aberdeen Proving Ground, to 2035 digits; the result of the voluntary week-end work of four operators of the machine!"

— Raymond L. Wilder, Introduction to the Foundations of Mathematics (Wiley, 1952), p. 235

(According to the Wikipedia entry on π, it was 2037 digits, the year was 1949, 70 hours were required, and John von Neumann was in charge.)


Comments:

Just watched a great YouTube video: George Dyson, on "Turing's Cathedral", a Google TechTalk on the birth of computing, focusing on von Neumann's work at IAS - much done in the room next to Gödel's apartment!

Mayson Lancaster, Sat, 26 Apr 2008 15:07:30 -0400 (EDT)


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