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John Von Neumann and the Origins of Modern Computing
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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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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