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This collection represents a unique undertaking in scientific publishing to honor Nick Metropolis. Nick was the last survivor of the World War II Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, and was an important member of the Los Alamos national Laboratory until his death in October, 1999. In this volume, some of the leading scientists and humanists of our time have contributed essays related to their respective disciplines, exploring various aspects of future developments in science and society, philosophy, national security, nuclear power, pure and applied mathematics, physics and biology, particle physics, computing, and information science.
I. The Future of Nuclear Power.- II. The Nature of Informational Modeling.- III. Long Time, No See Categorization in Information Science.- IV. The Once and Future Role for Approximate Calculations.- V. Possible Future Trends in Relativity.- VI. The Future of Libraries.- VII. The Future of Physics Information Hiding.- VIII. The Monte Carlo Method in Mathematical Finance.- IX. A Future Basis for National Security and International Policy Fresh Water.- X. On the Future of Combinatorics.- XI. Apocalypticism, One-Time Events, and Scientific Rationality.- XII. The Future of Russian Science and Technology Some Personal Impressions.- XIII. The Future of Differential Equations.- XIV. The Future of Quantum Theory of Angular Momentum Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics.- XV. Cancer and the Future.- XVI. Cancer Treatment with Nuclear Particles.- XVII. On Pure and Applied Mathematics.- XVIII. The ‘Legion of Science’ Another Way of Exploiting Computer Technology for Scientific Discovery.- XIX. Future Issues in Philosophy.- XX. The Enjoyment of Surprises.- XXI. The Future of Western Civilization.- XXII. Mathematical Sciences and The New Biology.