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Nicholas Metropolis
(1915 - 1599)

American physicist and pioneer of scientific computing.

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But, contrary to the lady's prejudices about the engineering profession, the fact is that quite some time ago the tables were turned between theory and applications in the physical sciences. Since World War II the discoveries that have changed the world are not made so much in lofty halls of theoretical physics as in the less-noticed labs of engineering and experimental physics. The roles of pure and applied science have been reversed; they are no longer what they were in the golden age of physics, in the age of Einstein, Schrödinger, Fermi and Dirac.
— Nicholas Metropolis
'The Age of Computing: a Personal Memoir', Daedalus (1992), 121, 120.
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