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Turing's cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

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display_description "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 thetheoretical 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"--
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Computers -- History
Random access memory
SCIENCE / General
Turing machines
Turing, Alan, -- 1912-1954
Von Neumann, John, -- 1903-1957
title_display Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe
title_full Turing's Cathedral The Origins of the Digital Universe
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe / George Dyson
title_short Turing's cathedral :
title_sub The Origins of the Digital Universe
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Computable functions
Computer Technology
Computers
History
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Random access memory
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Science
Turing machines
Turing, Alan
Von Neumann, John