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The Resource Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe, George Dyson

Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe, George Dyson

Label
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe
Title
Turing's cathedral
Title remainder
the origins of the digital universe
Statement of responsibility
George Dyson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this book the author 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. Their work would break the distinction between numbers that mean things and numbers that do things. They achieved unprecedented success in both weather prediction and nuclear weapons design, while tackling problems ranging from the evolution of viruses to the evolution of stars. 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. The author 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
  • "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"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dyson, George
Dewey number
004/.09
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QA76.17
LC item number
.D97 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
004.09 D998t
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Von Neumann, John
  • Turing, Alan
  • Computers
  • Turing machines
  • Computable functions
  • Random access memory
  • SCIENCE
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Label
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe, George Dyson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Principal characters -- 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
Control code
ocn745979775
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxii, 401 pages
Isbn
9780375422775
Lccn
2011030265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)745979775
Label
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe, George Dyson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Principal characters -- 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
Control code
ocn745979775
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xxii, 401 pages
Isbn
9780375422775
Lccn
2011030265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)745979775

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