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Author Dyson, George, 1953-

Title Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe / George Dyson.

Imprint New York : Pantheon Books, c2012.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    004.09 DYS    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xxii, 401 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-377) and index.
Summary "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.
Subject Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957
Turing, Alan Mathison, 1912-1954.
Computers -- History
Turing machines
Computable functions.
Random access memory.
ISBN 9780375422775 (hardback)
0375422773 (hardback)

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