Essays on the Future: In Honor of Nick Metropolis / Edition 1

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This collection represents a unique undertaking in scientific publishing to honor Nick Metropolis, the last survivor of the World War II Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. In this volume, some of the leading scientists and humanists of our time have contributed essays related to their respective disciplines, exploring various aspects of future developments in science and society, philosophy, national security, nuclear power, pure and applied mathematics, physics and biology, particle physics, computing, and information science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817638566
  • Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag
  • Publication date: 9/29/2000
  • Edition description: 1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Belated Thoughts
Ch. I The Future of Nuclear Power 1
Ch. II The Nature of Informational Modeling 5
Ch. III Long Time, No See: Categorization in Information Science 11
Ch. IV The Once and Future Role for Approximate Calculations 27
Ch. V Possible Future Trends in Relativity 45
Ch. VI The Future of Libraries 61
Ch. VII The Future of Physics: Information Hiding 73
Ch. VIII The Monte Carlo Method in Mathematical Finance 83
Ch. IX A Future Basis for National Security and International Policy: Fresh Water 107
Ch. X On the Future of Combinatorics 123
Ch. XI Apocalypticism, One-Time Events, and Scientific Rationality 135
Ch. XII The Future of Russian Science and Technology: Some Personal Impressions 153
Ch. XIII The Future of Differential Equations 173
Ch. XIV The Future of Quantum Theory of Angular Momentum: Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics 177
Ch. XV Cancer and the Future 209
Ch. XVI Cancer Treatment with Nuclear Particles 217
Ch. XVII On Pure and Applied Mathematics 233
Ch. XVIII The 'Legion of Science' Another Way of Exploiting Computer Technology for Scientific Discovery 237
Ch. XIX Future Issues in Philosophy 241
Ch. XX The Enjoyment of Surprises 255
Ch. XXI The Future of Western Civilization 261
Ch. XXII Mathematical Sciences and The New Biology 265
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