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John von Neumann, in his 54 years of life, transformed the face and character of many pure/applied mathematical subject areas. And in particular he participated seminally in the creation of the Computer Age. The author (director of the Center for the History of Electrical Engineering at IEEE) has d
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published December 7th 1990 by MIT Press (MA)
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Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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John von Neumann (1903-1957) was a scientist of the caliber of Albert Einstein, though far less famous. He did pioneering work in the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics, set theory, game theory and much more. It was von Neumann who came up with the idea of using shock waves from shaped charges to compress plutonium to a critical mass, which proved to work near Alamogordo and over Nagasaki. Manhattan Project spurred von Neumann's interest in computing. Computations for atomic bombs ...more
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Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very scholarly work, rather interesting in parts, though it can pall a bit. Nevertheless a good way to learn about a whole variety of topics, and how this enigmatic chap muscled his way into them.
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