Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Danny Hillis has posted and incredible article about Richard Feynman's days at Thinking Machines. For those of you who don't know or remember, Thinking Machines produced the CM-1 computer. A massively parallel computer made up of 64,000 very simple processors. It was really a wonder. I never got the chance to program one but there were some great simulation and cellular automaton results being cranked out of that machine. We dreamed of getting one in the machine learning lab I worked at in 1989. For those of you that don't know anything about Richard Feynman, he was probably one of the most brilliant minds in Physics and one of the most fascinating human beings I have ever read about. He was a real character, not without faults, but sharp as a razor. He was a most unconventional mind and had a nack for explaining the most difficult concepts so that they were easy to think about. He shared the 1965 Nobel Prize for Physics.


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