Behind Deep Blue - Building the Computer That Defeated the World Chess Champion

ISBN-10: 0691118183

ISBN-13: 9780691118185

Edition: 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Feng-Hsiung Hsu

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On May 11, 1997, as millions worldwide watched a stunning victory unfold on television, a machine shocked the chess world by defeating the defending world champion, Garry Kasparov. Written by the man who started the adventure,Behind Deep Bluereveals the inside story of what happened behind the scenes at the two historic Deep Blue vs. Kasparov matches. This is also the story behind the quest to create the mother of all chess machines. The book unveils how a modest student project eventually produced a multimillion dollar supercomputer, from the development of the scientific ideas through technical setbacks, rivalry in the race to develop the ultimate chess machine, and wild controversies to the final triumph over the world's greatest human player. In nontechnical, conversational prose, Feng-hsiung Hsu, the system architect of Deep Blue, tells us how he and a small team of fellow researchers forged ahead at IBM with a project they'd begun as students at Carnegie Mellon in the mid-1980s: the search for one of the oldest holy grails in artificial intelligence--a machine that could beat any human chess player in a bona fide match. Back in 1949 science had conceived the foundations of modern chess computers but not until almost fifty years later--until Deep Blue--would the quest be realized. Hsu refutes Kasparov's controversial claim that only human intervention could have allowed Deep Blue to make its decisive, "uncomputerlike" moves. In riveting detail he describes the heightening tension in this war of brains and nerves, the "smoldering fire" in Kasparov's eyes.Behind Deep Blueis not just another tale of man versus machine. This fascinating book tells us how man as genius was given an ultimate, unforgettable run for his mind, no, not by the genius of a computer, but of man as toolmaker.
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgements
Chess Notation
Prologue: Show Time!
Carnegie Mellon: An Office of Troublemakers
Taking the Plunge
The Chess Machine That Wasn't
The Race for First Machine Grandmaster
"Knock, Knock. Who's There?"
Intermezzo: First Date with History
IBM: We Need a New Name
Bringing up the Baby
A Living Mount Everest
Retooling
The Holy Grail
Epilogue: Life After Chess
A Lad from Taiwan
Selected Game Scores
Further Reading
Index
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