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Radar?

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The science (and math) behind cascading nuclear reactions was a big player.

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counting ...

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Ballistics.

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Counting how many Nazi's you killed!

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- Churchil sucket at maths

- Stalin sucket at maths

- Mussolini sucked at maths

- Isenhower sucked at maths

Now, all the people that opposed the entire war and expansion drift prominently:

- Russell excelled at maths

- Einstein excelled at maths

- Gödel excelled at maths

I wonder if this correlation implies some causation between being for instance bad at let's say.. statistics and adding of dead soldiers to your slate and being a totalitarian dictator who enjoys starting wars without any good justification that the odds of winning are so much above 50% that even when you win it pays off netto against all the resources you expended on getting there.

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Thank you so much for the totally unhelpful post. If I ask a question here, please do not bother to "help" me with a reply.

- Churchil sucket at maths

- Stalin sucket at maths

- Mussolini sucked at maths

- Isenhower sucked at maths

Now, all the people that opposed the entire war and expansion drift prominently:

- Russell excelled at maths

- Einstein excelled at maths

- Gödel excelled at maths

I wonder if this correlation implies some causation between being for instance bad at let's say.. statistics and adding of dead soldiers to your slate and being a totalitarian dictator who enjoys starting wars without any good justification that the odds of winning are so much above 50% that even when you win it pays off netto against all the resources you expended on getting there.

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Radar is also an excellent suggestion. Radar played a huge role in the Battle of Britain and the smaller RAF's ability to pinpoint their defenses against the Luftwaffe

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The science (and math) behind cascading nuclear reactions was a big player.

Do you mean like the effects it had at different distances or how the radiation spread with wind/ current effects or something else entirley?

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buy technique i meant equation, sorry.

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Re: nuclear reactions, bomb yields were a big theoretical question - thus the tests.

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Hot and smart, too!!

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Also it is more of a design note but the Germans had some scary accurate optical range finders in there tanks. Also again somewhat of a design thing but the fire control systems of the Iowa class battle ships were an impressive array of optical range finders, radar range finders, and electrical mechanical computers.

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That too, but I think lisab was referring to the modeling of the nuclear reactions/explosions themselves.Do you mean like the effects it had at different distances or how the radiation spread with wind/ current effects or something else entirley?

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That too, but I think lisab was referring to the modeling of the nuclear reactions/explosions themselves.

Yes .

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Until Star Trek came around, it was the biggest gathering of the intelliegentsia ever. And they had to work with calculating yields, whether a nuclear reaction would work or not (I have no idea what kind of equations they used, presumably fifteenth-order partially ordinary integral differential equations), and of course... how much of a "boom" it would make.

Very nerve-wracking indeed... but they pulled it off.

Math helped us beat the Japanese. Aforementioned was the use of RadAR by the British (It should be capitalized as such) to stop the Germans in the battle of Britain.

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Decoding the Nazi transmissions became a major factor in turning aroung the Battle of the Atlantic and many other WWII operations.

On May 9, the British destroyer HMS Bulldog captured U-110 and recovered a complete, intact Enigma Machine. Combined with a couple of other captures, this was a vital breakthrough for the Allied code-breaking efforts. The machine was taken to Bletchley Park, where it was used to help break the German codes. This, and the work of men like Flowers and Turing would give Britain the ability to read German naval signals for much of the remainder of the campaign, and, incidentally, provide the impetus for the development of the first programmable electronic device, the Colossus computer.

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I think that most useful application of mathematics in WWII was quite simple. One souvenir, two souvenirs, three souvenirs... Define useful.

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