Biological Supercomputer

From George Dyson’s Turing’s Cathedral, relaying meteorologist/mathematician Lewis Fry Richardson’s description of a compound dedicated to the prediction of weather:

“After the war, Richardson published a detailed report, Weather Prediction by Numerical ProcessAt the end of his account, he envisioned partitioning the earth’s surface into 3,200 meteorological cells, relaying current observations by telegraph to the arched galleries and sunken amphitheater of a great hall, where some 64,000 human computers [people making calculations by hand] would continuously evaluate the equations governing each cell’s relations with its immediate neighbors, maintaining a numerical model of the atmosphere in real time.”

For some reason I imagine a giant geodesic dome with mountains in the background (the Banyan Bowl above is the closest approximation I could find).

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