Dr. Shockley invented the transistor design that wound up in mass produced electronics in December, 1947. Quite worth the ~7 minutes to take a look:
Notably he speculates on flat screen displays as an off-hand remark, in 1969! Those folks at Bell Labs were a generation ahead of their time.
A very enlightening letter written by Mr. Clarke saved by Letters of Note (an excellent online resource for all sorts of obscure letters, memorandums, etc.).
He may also have been the first person to propose satellite communications, in a 1945 article in the ‘Wireless World’ magazine, though I do not have acces to the original source to confirm.
A bit of imaginative thinking married with practical technical knowledge goes a long way it seems.
He gives a very impressive performance. Also fascinating to see they had the same concerns as the people of today contrasted to their comparatively primitive level of computerization.
If you like the title check out this paper!
This excellent analysis from Evan Jang showcase the fundamental mathematics nature of all optimization solutions:
The state of the art techniques for currency arbitrage, AI reinforcement learning, and computer graphics rendering rely on the same principles of optimization!
See Monte Carlo methods, Dijkstra, etc.
I wonder what else is fundamentally path optimization?