The Mind of Stan Ulam

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Most have not heard of Stanislaw Ulam (1909-1984), or if they knew them then it was as the protégé of John von Neumann or as the "co-inventor" (in fact he was just the inventor) of the hydrogen bomb. This is their loss. As his book Problems in Modern Mathematics and Analogies Between Analogies (among others) show, Ulam was one of the most original minds of the ages, and one who "threw out" ideas.

Speaking of which, see Rota's more detailed essay, " The Lost Cafe ".

Los Alamos Science (1987) has published the conversations recorded between Ulam and Gian-Carlo Rota here . Some gems:

Niccolo and Donkey