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May 10, 2014 College, Geography, History, Sailing, Uncategorized

Sailing before computers

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We wondered aloud the other day how the Allies won World War II without the use of computers. “We had one computer,” said Dennis Zahn, “Enrico Fermi.” He was referring to the Italian physicist whose work at the University of Chicago advanced to nuclear physics to create the atomic bomb. “He could calculate faster in his head better than primitive computers as they evolved later.” We contemplated that for a while as the wind propelled us along.

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