Douglas Rayner Hartree: His Life in Science and Computing

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World Scientific, 2003 - Всего страниц: 224
This scientific biography of Douglas R Hartree not only describes important events in his life but also outlines his contributions to a number of fields. He is best known for his OC self-consistent fieldOCO theory for atoms, a theory he later used for the much more difficult problem of predicting the behavior of a magnetron. When Fock pre-empted his work on exchange, he began research into radio-wave propagation. Hartree was very interested in the process of computation. When he learned of a differential analyzer for solving differential equations, he first built a model using Meccano, a toy for children. The success of this model spread the notion of using devices to solve scientific problems. Application of the analyzer led Hartree to control theory and fluid dynamics. In both these areas he made significant, original contributions. With his extensive computing background, he was selected as the first civilian to evaluate the possibility of applying the US ENIAC computer to nonmilitary problems. His research touched the lives of many scientists."
 

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The Hartree family
1
Education World War I and marriage
9
Early research at Cambridge University
23
The new quantum mechanics
33
Advances in atomic theory
47
Radio waves in the atmosphere
65
Professor at the University of Manchester
73
The differential analyzer
85
Laminar boundary layer theory
109
Arrangements for war
115
Dawn of the computer era
145
Returning to Cambridge
161
Mathematical Laboratory numerical analysis and teaching
177
The final years
195
Hartrees publications
213
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Control theory and industrial applications
103

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