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“The algorithm is named after Hamiltonian dynamics, a model of physics that is used to construct the steps of the computation, and Monte Carlo, the town in Monaco that is associated with casinos and random algorithms more generally.”

I love writing textbooks; you get to explain the things that otherwise never get spelled out.


  1. G Circo says:

    Andrew: ETA on the new book? Looking forward to teaching it to our doctoral students sometime in the future.

  2. Xi'an says:

    A: Monte Carlo (which is spelled Monte-Carlo in French) is a district (quartier) of the City (and Principality) of Monaco, not a town from an administrative point.

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