The Crossing of Heaven

Memoirs of a Mathematician

Authors: Gustafson, Karl

  • Previously untold story of early computing and the world’s first spy satellite
  • Unique accounts of personal interactions with Nobel laureates, Field’s Medal winners, and other sometimes strange famous personalities in science
  • Tales and secrets of high finance, and dangers therein
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Among the group of physics honors students huddled in 1957 on a Colorado mountain watching Sputnik bisect the heavens, one young scientist was destined, three short years later, to become a key player in America’s own top-secret spy satellite program. One of our era’s most prolific mathematicians, Karl Gustafson was given just two weeks to write the first US spy satellite’s software. The project would fundamentally alter America’s Cold War strategy, and this autobiographical account of a remarkable academic life spent in the top flight tells this fascinating inside story for the first time.

Gustafson takes you from his early pioneering work in computing, through fascinating encounters with Nobel laureates and Fields medalists, to his current observations on mathematics, science and life. He tells of brushes with death, being struck by lightning, and the beautiful women who have been a part of his journey.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Crossing of Heaven
Book Subtitle
Memoirs of a Mathematician
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-22558-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-22558-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-22557-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44142-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 176
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