Talk:Computer simulation

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 Definition A computer program that attempts to simulate an abstract model of a particular system. [d] [e]

It seems, von Neumann's main motivation to build the first computer was basically, to be able to simulate systems described by nonlinear partial differential equations, since, he argued, these are very important, but analog computing devices (widely used in that time) will never be able to do so. Can someone find a source? Boris Tsirelson 05:47, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Boris this is an excerpt from a page of the indicated book as shown on the Amazon website. As soon as you have read it and made a note of the book source (author, title, edition, publisher, year page, ISBN), I will then ask for deletion of this screen shot since it is copyrighted and no permission to use it as an image has been granted. Does it give you what you wanted? Milton Beychok 08:41, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
Got it, thank you. There should be some text by von Neumann himself, but this one should be also enough for our purpose. Feel free to remove it. Boris Tsirelson 14:34, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
I've added something to the article, but maybe ugly; please improve... Boris Tsirelson 19:34, 29 April 2010 (UTC)
Boris, I don't see anything "ugly" about your added content. Looks okay to me. Milton Beychok 21:22, 29 April 2010 (UTC)