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Old 02-08-2015, 11:36 AM   #16443
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Yesterday whilst wandering around the www came across this name-Richard Hamming.

By his own description he was a "utility mathematician " on the Manhattan Project.
One day a physicist asks him to check his numbers.

His first thought was to fob the assignment to one of his underlings. But asked what it is about first.

The physicist said "you can't perform a small nuclear bomb test. Those numbers are to check to see that we don't ignite the whole atmosphere. "

Hamming decided to check the numbers himself.

More at link.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Hamming
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