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  • A minor history of giant spheres

    http://cabinetmagazine.org/issues/27/foer.php
    1922



    Meteorologist Lewis Fry Richardson, creator of the first dynamic model for weather prediction, proposes the creation of a “forecast factory” that would employ some 64,000 human computers sitting in tiers around the circumference of a giant globe. Each calculator would be responsible for solving differential equations related to the weather in his quadrant of the earth. From a pedestal in the center of the factory, a conductor would orchestrate this symphony of equations by shining a beam of light on areas of the globe where calculation was moving too fast or falling behind.

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    Amazing.

    I read a book a few years ago that had a similar idea. It pretty much stunk but I needed to read something and books were in short supply. In this book, human calculators were used like this in order to do calculations. I thought it was totally unbelieveable -- I had no idea that some scientist somewhere had already had the idea.
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