Published: 8 August 2022
John von Neumann was a prodigy and a polymath who made notable contributions in pure mathematics, physics, game theory, economics, and the design of computers. In this article, Brian Hayes dives into one of his pseudo-random number generating methods called the middle of the square algorithm.
- Pseudo-random number generators aren't actually random (wOw!)
- The simulation technique, in which random numbers determined the fates of thousands of individual neutrons, came to be known as the Monte Carlo method
- The old random was worse than modern random (heh)