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Thomas Lange: Computer Simulation in the V-2 Rocket Development
Computer Simulation in the V-2 Rocket Development
(p. 85 – 95)

Thomas Lange

Computer Simulation in the V-2 Rocket Development

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  • computer science
  • programming / coding
  • computer simulation
  • history of technology
  • computer
  • history of science

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Thomas Lange

studied physics, computer science and history of science at the University of Hamburg. After his studies he worked as a system engineer for the German defence industry. In 2005 he published his doctoral dissertation at the department of mathematics at the University of Hamburg. In his Ph.D. thesis the author analyzed the technological processes in the development of the ballistic missile in Peenemünde. The work was founded by the Smithsonian Institution and the Research Institute of the Deutsche Museum Munich.

Gabriele Gramelsberger (ed.): From Science to Computational Sciences

In 1946 John von Neumann stated that science is stagnant along the entire front of complex problems, proposing the use of largescale computing machines to overcome this stagnation. In other words, Neumann advocated replacing analytical methods with numerical ones. The invention of the computer in the 1940s allowed scientists to realise numerical simulations of increasingly complex problems like weather forecasting, and climate and molecular modelling. Today, computers are widely used as computational laboratories, shifting science toward the computational sciences. By replacing analytical methods with numerical ones, they have expanded theory and experimentation by simulation.

During the last decades hundreds of computational departments have been established all over the world and countless computer-based simulations have been conducted. This volume explores the epoch-making influence of automatic computing machines on science, in particular as simulation tools.

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