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