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    Re: Celestal navigation on a CD
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2007 Mar 26, 15:05 -0700

    A famous contemporary mathematician said:
    
    "All mathematics is divided into three parts:
    cryptography (paid for by CIA, KGB and the like),
    hydrodynamics (supported by manufacturers of atomic submarines)
    and celestial mechanics (financed by military and other institutions
    dealing with missiles, such as NASA)."
    
    Then he explains very convincingly how all present areas
    of "pure mathematics" have their origin in these three major
    areas of "applied mathematics". Algebra from cryptography, Analysis
    from celestial mechanics etc.
    And this was always so, beginning from Archimedes:-) Substitute the
    Longitude prize for NASA in
    XVIII century:-)
    
    Alex.
    
    
    On Mar 26, 3:36 pm, Fred Hebard  wrote:
    > Yes, sad.  But it's what drove a lot of nav and related science like
    > physics, astronomy and math.
    >
    > Fred
    >
    > On Mar 26, 2007, at 3:06 PM, George Huxtable wrote:
    >
    > > How sad, all that ingenuity was turned to such horrific ends, but
    > > no doubt equally ingenious scientists are working on similar
    > > schemes, even today.
    
    
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