I selectively discuss aspects of my discoveries and inventions that the public can understand.


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Philip Emeagwali
interviewed by Reuben Abati for The Nigerian Guardian.


Is it really this simple or you are merely simplifying your work for the public?
It is not that simple because I excluded the detailed description of the inner workings of my inventions. The mathematical aspects of my work cannot be understood by the public and it will not make sense for me to discuss the details. The geometrical aspects of my work is transparent in the sense that the public can look at the drawings of my inventions and get an idea of how my invention works.

My research was described in a 1057-page report in which a typical page contains mathematical equations such as the two petroleum reservoir equations shown below.




The above partial differential equations, containing Greek symbols is understandably greek to the public, although a mathematician understands how it can help oil producing countries like Nigeria recover more oil.

My computer program that I used to perform the world's fastest computation will be mumbo-jumbo to the layperson.

My massively parallel computer program can only be understood by a scientist with many years of training in mathematics, physics, engineering and computer science. In fact, in the 1980's, nobody in the world fully understood the implications of the above computer code segment.

Since my goal is to inspire people of African ancestry to become scientists, it is best that I selectively discuss aspects of my discoveries and inventions that the public can understand.


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