[Pdx-pm] Just a little aside on the language/application debate here

Rafael Almeria almeria at earthlink.net
Wed Dec 15 04:47:48 CST 2004

I thought that this would be a bit amusing (extracted from Kurzweil's 
AI site http://www.kurzweilai.net/articles/art0504.html?printable=1) 
that Richard Feynman created a parallel version of Basic.

"To find out how well this would work in practice, Feynman had to write 
a computer program for QCD. Since the only computer language Richard 
was really familiar with was Basic, he made up a parallel version of 
Basic in which he wrote the program and then simulated it by hand to 
estimate how fast it would run on the Connection Machine."

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