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Dyson, George, 1953-
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe / George Dyson
1st ed
New York : Pantheon Books, 2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  QA76.17 .D97 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Computers -- History
Turing machines
Computable functions
Random access memory
Subject Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957
Turing, Alan Mathison, 1912-1954
Physical Description xxii, 401 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-377) and index
Summary "Legendary historian and philosopher of science George Dyson vividly re-creates the scenes of focused experimentation, incredible mathematical insight, and pure creative genius that gave us computers, digital television, modern genetics, models of stellar evolution--in other words, computer code. In the 1940s and '50s, a group of eccentric geniuses--led by John von Neumann--gathered at the newly created Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Their joint project was the realization of the theoretical universal machine, an idea that had been put forth by mathematician Alan Turing. This group of brilliant engineers worked in isolation, almost entirely independent from industry and the traditional academic community. But because they relied exclusively on government funding, the government wanted its share of the results: the computer that they built also led directly to the hydrogen bomb. George Dyson has uncovered a wealth of new material about this project, and in bringing the story of these men and women and their ideas to life, he shows how the crucial advancements that dominated twentieth-century technology emerged from one computer in one laboratory, where the digital universe as we know it was born"-- Provided by publisher
"Legendary historian and philosopher of science George Dyson vividly re-creates the scenes of focused experimentation, incredible mathematical insight, and pure creative genius that gave us computers, digital television, modern genetics, models of stellar evolution--in other words, computer code"-- Provided by publisher
Contents 1953 -- Olden Farm -- Veblen's circle -- Neumann János -- MANIAC -- Fuld 219 -- 6J6 -- V-40 -- Cyclogenesis -- Monte Carlo -- Ulam's demons -- Barricelli's universe -- Turing's cathedral -- Engineer's dreams -- Theory of self-reproducing automata -- Mach 9 -- The tale of the big computer -- The thirty-ninth step
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