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Obituary: L. F. Richardson (1881-1953)

Author: J. Todd
Journal: Math. Comp. 8 (1954), 242-245
MSC: Primary 01.0X
MathSciNet review: 0063988
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  • [1] L. F. Richardson, Weather Prediction by Numerical Processes. Cambridge, England, 1923. For the following comment on this, I am indebted to G. E. Forsythe, ``It is a monumental attempt to forecast for six hours, from almost no initial condition, and (I understand) a poor balance of $ \Delta t$ and $ \Delta x,\Delta y,\Delta z$. It is superbly written and the author has (in my opinion) the most elegant English style of any mathematical writer of the century. [See p. 219 of this book, or the first page or two of C.] The Preface speaks for itself of the troubles encountered by the author."
  • [2] Wolfgang Wasow, Discrete approximations to elliptic differential equations, Z. Angew. Math. Phys. 6 (1955), 81–97. MR 0080369,
  • [3] D. M. Young, ``On Richardson's method for solving linear equations with positive definite matrices.'' Jn. Math. and Physics, v. 32, 1953, p. 243-255. Experiments on the solution of the Laplace equation by this method, on ORDVAC, have been carried out by D. M. Young, and C. H. Warlick.

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