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It was a remarkable numerical coincidence! Then he started trying to figure out what the reason was, and this led to his theory of the SOR method for solving the Laplace equation. Another aspect of Young's work seems worth mentioning, because our debt to European applied mathematicians was extreme during the whole period from 1935 to 1955. American mathematicians had shown their ability in pure mathematics in the decades 1895-1935, and had established themselves as equal in quality if not in numbers to their European colleagues, but they had largely neglected applied mathematics.
64, No. 3, Part 2 (1958). CITED REFERENCES 1. V. Bush, Instrumental analysis, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 42, 649-669 (1946). 2. H. H. " Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1972. 3. G. Birkhoff, Numerical hydrodynamics as a mathematical science, Proc. Workshop Numer. Hydrodynam. (L. M. ), pp. 117-157. S. National Research Council, 1975. DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS HARVARD UNIVERSITY CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS A HISTORY OF COMPUTING IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Pioneering Work on Computers at Bletchley /.
M. in Washington, and it arrived around 11:15 in Baltimore, where you picked it up if you were at Aberdeen. Then if you weren't too tired you might gossip with your Harvard and MIT friends. I suggested to Aiken there that his new machine that was about to be dedicated could put the WPA* tables out of business. Whether or not this had anything to do with it, in 1944 he was delighted to be ordered by an admiral to compute Bessel functions whenever the MARK I was not otherwise occupied. Naturally, he received this command with the greatest satisfaction.
A History of Computing in the Twentieth Century by Nicholas Metropolis