Wednesday, March 16, 2005

ENIAC and the H-Bomb.

Richard Rhodes, Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb(1995):
The first problem assigned to the first working electronic digital computer in the world was the hydrogen bomb. Los Alamos mathematician Nicholas Metropolis (writing in the third person) recalled participating in the breakthrough: In early 1945, as the construction of the ENIAC was nearing completion, von Neumann raised the question with Frankel and Metropolis of using it to perform the very complex calculations involved in hydrogen bomb design. The ENIAC ran a first rough version of the thermonuclear calculations for six weeks in December 1945 and January 1946, (p.251)

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