## From Cardinals to Chaos: Reflection on the Life and Legacy of Stanislaw UlamFirst published 1987 as Los Alamos science, special issue. A compendium of biographical (and autobiographical) notes, essays, and scientific articles reflecting on Ulam's legacy of interdisciplinary approaches to problems in math, physics, and biology; and previously unpublished miscellanea--conversations, a satirical play. The whole serves to celebrate the personality and contributions of the dynamic mathematician. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR |

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### Contents

Stan UlamThe Man His Life His Style | 6 |

The Ulam LegacyInterdisciplinary Approaches | 36 |

Probabilistic Approaches to Nonlinear Problems | 75 |

Early Work in Numerical Hydrodynamics by Francis H Harlow | 144 |

Discrete Fluids by Brosl Hasslacher | 175 |

The Simple Hexagonal Model Theory and Simulations | 187 |

Nonlinear ScienceFrom Paradigms to Practicalities by David K Campbell | 218 |

A Complicated Problem of Mathematics and Physics by Adrian Patrascioiu | 263 |

BIOLOGY | 280 |

Sequence AnalysisContributions by Ulam to Molecular Genetics by Walter B Goad | 288 |

The Publications of Stanislaw M Ulam | 313 |

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Page 262 - Let us say here that the results of our computations show features which were, from the beginning, surprising to us. Instead of a gradual, continuous flow of energy from the first mode to the higher modes, all of the problems show an entirely different behavior.