Accession Number : AD0771282

Title :   Computer-Encouraged Serendipity in Pure Mathematics,

Corporate Author : BROWN UNIV PROVIDENCE R I DIV OF APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Personal Author(s) : Strauss,Charles M.

Report Date : DEC 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : The paper deals with the addition of an interactive graphics terminal to even a small to medium size computer, enabling one to construct an 'n-dimensional blackboard'. On his device, with the use of control dials, joysticks, and other analog input devices, a mathematician can display and manipulate two-dimensional projections of n-dimensional geometrical constructs with much greater speed and accuracy than he can bring to this usual blackboard sketches. This has been implemented in a prototype version on the microprogrammed mini-computer BUGS system at Brown University. This paper describes the facilities of the BUGS blackboard, and reports on the observed interaction between the physical facilities available on the BUGS system and the sorts of mathematical results that the use of these facilities in the BUGS blackboard seem to encourage. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Computer programming, *Graphics, *Applied mathematics, Data processing, Set theory, Complex variables

Subject Categories : Theoretical Mathematics
      Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE