Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Feynman the Explainer

Richard Feynman, explaining what was going on at Thinking Machines Corporation..

"We have noticed in nature that the behavior of a fluid depends very little on the nature of the individual particles in that fluid. For example, the flow of sand is very similar to the flow of water or the flow of a pile of ball bearings. We have therefore taken advantage of this fact to invent a type of imaginary particle that is especially simple for us to simulate. This particle is a perfect ball bearing that can move at a single speed in one of six directions. The flow of these particles on a large enough scale is very similar to the flow of natural fluids."

From Danniel Hillis's excellent account.
Richard Feynman and The Connection Machine


Blogger Karl the Sorcerer said...

This is precisely the reason I went into sorcery instead of programming.


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