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random number generators
Posted:
Oct 14, 1996 2:20 AM


On page 553 of the 2nd edition of Stephen Wolfram's Mathematica book it states that "when Mathematica starts up, it takes the time of day (measured in small fractions of a second) as the seed for the pseudorandom number generator." Does anyone know exactly how this generator churns out the "pseudo" random numbers? Is it possible to generate numbers that are truly random? Must such a process depend on some nonmathematical seed, such as the time of day or strength of a battery?
Paul Marshall



