By Stanislaw M Ulam

ISBN-10: 0684143917

ISBN-13: 9780684143910

The autobiography of mathematician Stanislaw Ulam, one of many nice medical minds of the 20 th century, tells a narrative wealthy with amazingly prophetic speculations and peppered with full of life anecdotes. As a member of the Los Alamos nationwide Laboratory from 1944 on, Ulam helped to precipitate one of the most dramatic adjustments of the postwar global. He used to be one of the first to exploit and recommend desktops for medical examine, originated rules for the nuclear propulsion of area cars, and made primary contributions to a lot of ultra-modern so much difficult mathematical projects.With his wide-ranging pursuits, Ulam by no means emphasised the significance of his contributions to the learn that ended in the hydrogen bomb. Now Daniel Hirsch and William Mathews demonstrate the real tale of Ulam's pivotal function within the making of the "Super," of their ancient advent to this behind-the-scenes examine the minds and ideas that ushered within the nuclear age. An epilogue by way of Françoise Ulam and Jan Mycielski sheds new gentle on Ulam's personality and mathematical originality

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57 The possibility for the convergence of the epistemological view represented by the quotation from Quine above and the epistemology of dialectical materialism is considerable. Holders of both views prefer a concept of "physical objects," and both find justification for this concept in pragmatic success. " But do es the word "myth" here mean "that which is false" or "that which can not be proved"? And does the dialectical materialist really believe that the "truth" of his position canbe illustrated, or is his position one that he assumes to be true for reasons similar to those for which Quine assumes his myth to be "superior"?

This tenet as a part of the Hegelian dialectic preceded Darwin, of course, but Marx and Engels considered Darwinism a vindication of the dialectical process. In the course of natural selection, different species developed from common ancestors; this transition could be considered an example of accumulated quantitative changes resulting in a qualitative change, the latter change being marked by the moment when the diverging groups could no longer interbreed. 69 In the interpretation of science, the principle of the transition of quantity into quality has been important in the Soviet Union as a warning against reductionism.

The major distinction of the dialectical materialist approach to the categories is its heavy emphasis on natural science. Since, according to Marxism, being determines consciousness and not consciousness being, the material world, as reflected in human consciousness, determines the very concepts by which people think-that is, the categories. Thus, "in order for the materialist dialectic to be a method of scientific cognition, to direct human thought in search of new results, its categories must always be located at a level with modern science, with its sum total of achievements and needs" (p.

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