Artifact Details

Title

Wilkinson, James H. SIAM oral history

Catalog Number

102746813

Type

Text

Date

1984-07-13

Contributor

Nash, John C., Interviewer
Wilkinson, James H., Interviewee

Publisher

SIAM and U.S. Department of Energy

Place of Publication

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Extent

24 p.

Format

PDF

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

James H. Wilkinson recalls his early interest and involvement in scientific computing. He recounts his pre- electronic computer calculations at the Cambridge Maths Laboratory and at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington on applications such as supersonic flow, thermodynamics and ballistics and the importance of getting mathematicians to take numerical analysis seriously. He discusses his postwar work with Alan Turing on the design and programming of the Pilot-ACE and how it informed his work in round off error analysis and solving eigenvalue problems.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Turing, Alan M.; Supersonic flow; Thermodynamics; Ballistics; Fragmentation; Manchester Differential Analyzer; Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC); SEAC (Standards Eastern Automatic Computer); Floating point; Numerical algebra; Eigenvalues; Rounding error; Acceleration methods; Power method; Pilot ACE

Collection Title

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) oral history collection

Credit

Gift of SIAM and the US Department of Energy

Lot Number

X6673.2013