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John von Neumann and Norbert Wiener: From Mathematics to the Technologies of Life and Death
John von Neumann and Norbert Wiener were mathematician-scientists, both child prodigies born near the turn of the century. As young men each made profound contributions to abstract mathematics.
Paperback, 568 pages
Published June 17th 1982 by The MIT Press
(first published 1980)
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This book was published at the beginning of 80s, when the world was still in the danger of a full scale nuclear war. Today it seems that danger has been diminished, but not eliminated. But the centerpiece of this book is to discuss the role of scientists, mathematicians and engineers in politics, and human society at large, through the lives of two of the most prominent mathematicians of last century. Such a discussion is still quite relevant in today's increasing technology-driven world.