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Today is Stanislaw Ulam's Birthday!
Happy Birthday
Stan Ulam!

Born:  April 3, 1909
in Lvov, Poland

Died:  May 13, 1984 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ulam was a very versatile mathematician who wrote numerous articles in the fields of set theory, group theory, topology, and mathematical physics, as well as several popular books about mathematics. Shortly after emigrating to the United States, he became a major contributor in the construction of the first fusion (hydrogen) bomb. While working on the problem of fusion, Ulam developed what is now known as the Monte Carlo method, a technique for solving a variety of mathematical problems by making use of random numbers and the laws of probability.