Starting in 1984, I worked at India’s National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) for more than two decades. When I look back to the 1980s, I can recall one enduring debate that never failed to stir passions: What matters more in aerospace engineerings—experiments or computations?
As someone with degrees in statistics and applied mathematics, I found myself agreeing more with the group advocating computations. But our group was losing! This wasn’t such a surprise either, given the meager computing resources—one megaflop of computing power was still a … [Read more]