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Document Details


Title: Nicholas C. Metropolis
Local code: OH 135
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Charles Babbage Institute
Collection: Charles Babbage Institute Oral History Program
Description: Metropolis, the first director of computing services at Los Alamos National Laboratory, discusses John von Neumann's work in computing. Most of the interview concerns activity at Los Alamos: how von Neumann came to consult at the laboratory; his scientific contacts there, including Metropolis, Robert Richtmyer, and Edward Teller; von Neumann's first hands-on experience with punched card equipment; his contributions to shock-fitting and the implosion problem; interactions between, and comparisons of von Neumann and Enrico Fermi; and the development of Monte Carlo techniques. Other topics include: the relationship between Turing and von Neumann; work on numerical methods for non-linear problems; and the ENIAC calculations done for Los Alamos.
Extent: 26 pages
URL: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/oh/pdf.phtml?id=198
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1987 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Metropolis, Nicholas C., 1915-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1915
Speaker occupation: Director
Age at speaking: 72
Document location: Los Alamos, NM
Document date: 29-May-1987
Interviewer: Aspray, William
Locations discussed: North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Computer software; Electric engineering; Engineering; Information technology; North America; Oral history; Software engineering; United States
Topics discussed - Other terms: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0024009-25552