Brian Beckman: On Analog Computing, Beckman History and Life in the Universe Redux
- Posted: Mar 11, 2010 at 1:04PM
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It's been far too long since we've chatted with the great Brian Beckman, an astrophysicist, software architect, and
Channel 9 icon. Some of you may know him as the wizard who appears out of
thin air whenever the word Monad is said three times in succession. :->
A few weeks ago, Erik Meijer sent an email to Brian with a link to some videos about the use of analog computers in the US Navy in the 1950s. This got Brian thinking and reflecting about his past. Turns out Brian's father was a famous Hollywood actor who also produced training movies for the US Navy. Well, I was added on to the email thread and we taped the conversation in this video a few days later.
It's always a pleasure to embark on an unscripted chat with Dr. Beckman. There are always great nuggets of wisdom and insight around every corner. Here, you'll learn about some of Brian's personal history, some insights on analog computing, and even some discussion on the Drake equation, N = N* fp ne fl fi fc fL, which attempts to formalize the probability of intelligent life in the universe.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy.