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The Manhattan Project, the first electronic computer and the Monte Carlo method

Dobriyan M. Benov

Abstract

The background of the Monte Carlo method is connected with two very important events in the modern human history: the World War Two and the building of first electronic computers. For that reason, we will try to synthesize the most important facts of those events that have relation to the development of the method in order to produce a clearer picture of the origination of the Monte Carlo method of stochastic sampling. The research covers the period from 1930 to 1959.

MSC: 01-02

I want to thank my friend Metodi Mazhdrakov, DSc, for his assistance that greatly improved the manuscript.

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Received: 2015-8-25
Accepted: 2016-2-4
Published Online: 2016-2-17
Published in Print: 2016-3-1

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