Books

Books : reviews

Necia Grant Cooper, ed.
From Cardinals to Chaos: reflections on the life and legacy of Stanislaw Ulam.
CUP. 1987

Contents

Francoise Ulam. Esquisse. 1987
Stanislaw M. Ulam. Vita. excerpts from Adventures of a Mathematician. 1987
Gian-Carlo Rota. The Lost Cafe. 1987
J. Carson Mark. From Above the Fray. 1987
David Hawkins. The Spirit of Play---A Memoir for Stan Ulam. 1987
R. Daniel Maudlin. Probability and Nonlinear Systems. 1987
Paul R. Stein. Iteration of Maps, Strange Attractors, and Number Theory---An Ulamian Potpourri. 1987
Jan Mycielski. Learning from Ulam: Measurable Cardinals, Ergodicity, and Biomathematics. 1987
Ronald L. Graham. A Similarity Measure for Graphs---Reflections on a Theme of Ulam. 1987
N. Metropolis. The Beginning of the Monte Carlo Method. 1987
Roger Eckhardt. Stan Ulam, John von Neumann, and the Monte Carlo Method. 1987
Tony Warnock. Randon-Number Generators. 1987
Gary D. Doolen, John Hendricks. Monte Carlo at Work. 1987
Francis H. Harlow. Early Work in Numerical Hydrodynamics. 1987
Didier Besnard, Francis H. Harlow, Norman L. Johnson, Rick Rauenzahn, Jonathan Wolfe. Instabilities and Turbulence. 1987
Brosl Hasslacher. Discrete Fluids. 1987
Tsutomu Shimomura, Gary D. Doolen, Brosl Hasslacher, Castor Fu. Calculations Using Lattice Gas Techniques. 1987
David K. Campbell. Nonlinear Science---From Paradigms to Practicalities. 1987
Let me start from a very simple, albeit circular, definition: nonlinear science is the study of those mathematical systems and natural phenomena that are not linear. Ever attuned to the possibility of bons mots, Stan once remarked that this was "like defining the bulk of zoology by calling it the study of 'non-elephant animals'." His point, clearly, was that the vast majority of mathematical equations and natural phenomena are nonlinear, with linearity being the exceptional, but important, case.
Adrian Patrascioiu. The Ergodic Hypothesis: A Complicated Problem of Mathematics and Physics. 1987
Stanislaw M. Ulam. Reflections on the Brain's Attempts to Understand Itself. Gamow Memorial Lecture. 1982
William A. Beyer. An Ulam Distance. 1987
Walter B. Goad. Sequence Analysis---Contributions by Ulam to Molecular Genetics. 1987
J. Carson Mark, Stanislaw M. Ulam. A Memorable Memo. 1947
The numbers 0-100, in alphabetical order
Stanislaw M. Ulam. Sub Rosa---A Trialogue. 1987
Francoise Ulam. Conversations with Rota. 1987