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TURING'S CATHEDRAL: THE ORIGINS OF THE DIGITAL UNIVERSE

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TURING'S CATHEDRAL: THE ORIGINS OF THE DIGITAL UNIVERSE

TURING'S CATHEDRAL: THE ORIGINS OF THE DIGITAL UNIVERSE

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Synopsis: TURING'S CATHEDRAL: THE ORIGINS OF THE DIGITAL UNIVERSE

George Dyson's fascinating account of the early years of computers: "Turing's Cathedral" is the story behind how the PC, ipod, smartphone and almost every aspect of modern life came into being. In 1945 a small group of brilliant engineers and mathematicians gathered at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, determined to build a computer that would make Alan Turing's theory of a 'universal machine' reality. Led by the polymath emigre John von Neumann, they created the numerical framework that underpins almost all modern computing - and ensured that the world would never be the same again. George Dyson is a historian of technology whose interests include the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak. He is the author of "Baidarka"; "Project Orion"; and "Darwin Among the Machines". "Unusual, wonderful, visionary". (Francis Spufford, "Guardian"). "Fascinating...the story Dyson tells is intensely human...a gripping account of ideas and invention. Fascinating...the story Dyson tells is intensely human...a gripping account of ideas and invention." ("Jenny Uglow"). "Glorious...as much a story of the personalities involved as of the discoveries they made, and you do not need any knowledge of computers or mathematics to enjoy the ride. ..a ripping yarn". (John Gribbin, "Literary Review").

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ISBN 9780141015903
Weight 0.362
Publisher PENGUIN GROUP (UK)
Book Size (cm.) 129x198x26
Language English
Number of Pages 432

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George Dyson's fascinating account of the early years of computers: "Turing's Cathedral" is the story behind how the PC, ipod, smartphone and almost every aspect of modern life came into being. In 1945 a small group of brilliant engineers and mathematicians gathered at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, determined to build a computer that would make Alan Turing's theory of a 'universal machine' reality. Led by the polymath emigre John von Neumann, they created the numerical framework that underpins almo view all

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DYSON, GEORGE

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George Dyson (born 1953) is a non-fiction author and historian of technology whose publications broadly cover the evolution of technology in relation to the physical environment and the direction of society. He has written on a wide range of topics including the history of computing, the development of algorithms and intelligence, communication systems, space exploration, and the design of water craft. Lecturing widely at academic institutions, corporations, and tech conferences, Dyson gives a historical context to the evolution of technology in modern society and provides thought-provoking ideas on the directions in which technology and the Internet might develop

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