Los Alamos scientisits Paul Stern (left) and Nick Metropolis playing chess with the MANIAC computer
Title: Los Alamos scientisits Paul Stern (left) and Nick Metropolis playing chess with the MANIAC computer
Date: 1951
Credit Line: Courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory
Accession: L02645387
By 1956, mathematician and atomic bomb designer Stanislaus Ulam at Los Alamos programmed the Lab's MANIAC computer to play chess on a 6 x 6 chess board. This early program was easily beaten by average players.