Book ID: CBB855110818

Chaim L. Pekeris and the Art of Applying Mathematics with WEIZAC, 1955–1963 (2023)


Corry, Leo (Author)
Raya Leviathan (Author)

Springer Nature

Publication Date: 2023
Physical Details: 130
Language: English

This book describes the groundbreaking work of Chaim Leib Pekeris and his collaborators. Between 1955 and 1963 they used the first electronic computer built in Israel, the Weizmann Automatic Computer (WEIZAC), to develop powerful numerical methods that helped achieve new and accurate solutions of the Boltzmann equation, calculate energy levels of the helium atom, produce detailed geophysical and seismological models derived from the study of the free oscillations of the earth, and refine models used to predict meteorological phenomena and global oceanic tides. This book provides a unique account of the pioneering work of Chaim L. Pekeris in applied mathematics and explains in detail the background to the rise of the Weizmann Institute as a world-class center of scientific excellence. This hitherto untold story is of great interest to historians of twentieth-century science with special emphasis on the application of computer-assisted numerical methods in various branches of mathematical physics.

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Authors & Contributors
Shvarts, Shifra
Burton, Elise K.
Dan M. Kotliar
Siegel, Benjamin Robert
Jan Friso Groote
Irus Braverman
Israel Studies
Social Studies of Science
Statistical Science
Science, Technology and Human Values
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Springer Nature
University of Rochester Press
University of Minnesota Press
Oxbow Books
Applied mathematics
Computers and computing
Technology and society
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
United States
Mathematisch Centrum

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