SF: force fields

Anton Sherwood (dasher@netcom.com)
Sun, 29 Dec 1996 15:34:10 -0800

Mitch writes--
: From "Building the Mote in God's Eye", Niven and Pournelle, in
: _A Step Further Out_, Jerry Pournelle: "[The Alderson Drive and the
: Langston Field] were invented to Jerry Pournelle's specifications
: by Dan Alderson ... at Cal Tech's Jet Propulsion Laboratories."
: So Alderson's the person to contact, but unfortunately he's dead.

Dan told me some of the math behind the Crazy Eddie Drive,
but neglected to mention the Langston Field. Rats. One could
question his friends Ed Buchman and Roger Hill, both math teachers
(CSU Fullerton and S.Ill.U., if memory serves).

(Dan called the jump-paths "tramlines". In one limiting case, the
tramlines are a subset of a Delaunay triangulation, a construct
that interested me for a time.)

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