Nicholas Metropolis

Greek American physicist

Nicholas Constantine Metropolis (June 11, 1915October 17, 1999) was a Greek American mathematician, physicist, and computer scientist.

Nicholas Metropolis


  • Most of us have grown so blase about computer developments and capabilities — even some that are spectacular — that it is difficult to believe or imagine there was a time when we suffered the noisy, painstakingly slow, electromechanical devices that chomped away on punched cards.
    • The beginning of the Monte Carlo method, published by Necia Grant Cooper, Roger Eckhardt, Nancy Shera (1989). From cardinals to chaos: reflections on the life and legacy of Stanislaw Ulam. CUP Archive. p. 125. ISBN 0521367344. 

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