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Eniac in ActionMaking and Remaking the Modern Computer$
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Thomas Haigh, Mark Priestley, and Crispin Rope

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033985

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033985.001.0001

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ENIAC Goes to Monte Carlo

ENIAC Goes to Monte Carlo

(p.173) 8 ENIAC Goes to Monte Carlo
Eniac in Action

Thomas Haigh

Mark Priestley

Crispin Rope

The MIT Press

Traces the series of Monte Carlo simulations run on ENIAC from their genesis in January 1947 exchanges between John von Neumann, Robert Richtmyer, and Stanislaw Ulam through the completion of detailed planning work for the initial batch of calculations in December 1947. Close attention to successive drafts illuminates the process by which John and Klara von Neumann worked with Adele Goldstine to transform the former’s outline plan of computation into a fully developed flow diagram documenting the flow of control and manipulation of data for a program written in the new style.

Keywords:   Galison, Peter, Richymyer, Robert, Von Neumann, Klara, Von Neumann, John, Monte Carlo method, Los Alamos, Flow diagram, Nuclear fission, Ulam, Stanislaw

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