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How Computers Push on the Molecules They Simulate

January 3, 2013

models of water molecules in a box Simulations are essential to test theories and explore what's inaccessible to direct experiment. Digital computers can't use exact, continuous equations of motion and have to slice time into chunks, so persistent errors are introduced in the form of "shadow work" that distorts the result. Full Story

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