The Settlement of Polynesia

A Computer Simulation

Authors:

Michael R. Levison, R. Gerard Ward, and John W. Webb

The authors report on their use of computer techniques to answer questions surrounding the controversy about how the islands of Polynesia were discovered and settled, a subject on which much writing and research have been focused. In their research the authors devised a computer program which simulated many aspects and variations of Pacific voyaging. They describe the experiments and discuss the conclusions.

The authors report on their use of computer techniques to answer questions surrounding the controversy about how the islands of Polynesia were discovered and settled, a subject on which much writing and research have been focused. In their research the authors devised a computer program which simulated many aspects and variations of Pacific voyaging. They describe the experiments and discuss the conclusions.

Michael Levison is Professor Emeritus of computer science at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. R. Gerard Ward is Professor Emeritus of human geography at the Australian National University, Canberra, and John W. Webb was a professor of geography and associate dean for social sciences at the University of Minnesota.

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