Posts Tagged ‘turing0mg’
Interesting discussion of the origin of the IBM 701 attributing it as a knockoff of the IAS machine communicated by von Neumann and contrasting its success to that of the Eckert-Mauchly derivative, the UNIVAC.
largest nuclear error: 3X off orig. 5 Megaton est.
The character is an amalgamation of RAND Corporation strategist Herman Kahn, mathematician and Manhattan Project principal John von Neumann, rocket scientist Wernher von Braun (a central figure in Nazi Germany’s rocket development program recruited to the US after the war), and Edward Teller, the “father of the hydrogen bomb.” There is a common misconception that the character was based on Henry Kissinger, but Kubrick and Sellers denied this; Sellers said, “Strangelove was never modeled after Kissinger—that’s a popular misconception. It was always Wernher Von Braun.”
early use of the ENIAC/MANIAC
interesting discussion of how his computer research program was de-emphasized after von Neumann left the IAS and he stayed at a $9K salary (~$80K in ’15 $) for then on
early biological computation