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Turing's Cathedral The Origins of the Digital Universe

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ISBN-10: 1400075998

ISBN-13: 9781400075997

Edition: N/A

Authors: George Dyson

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“It is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence,” twenty-four-year-old Alan Turing announced in 1936. InTuring’s Cathedral, George Dyson focuses on a small group of men and women, led by John von Neumann at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, who built one of the first computers to realize Alan Turing’s vision of a Universal Machine. Their work would break the distinction between numbers thatmeanthings and numbers thatdothings—and our universe would never be the same. Using five kilobytes of memory (the amount allocated to displaying the cursor on a computer desktop of today), they achieved unprecedented success in both…    
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Book details

List price: $23.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

George Dyson, the son of distinguished physicist Freeman Dyson, grew up immersed in the world of groundbreaking science. Dyson lives in Washington State.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Principal Characters
1953
Olden Farm
Veblen's Circle
Neumann J�nos
MANIAC
Fuld 219
6J6
V-40
Cyclogenesis
Monte Carlo
Ulam's Demons
Barricelli's Universe
Turing's Cathedral
Engineer's Dreams
Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata
Mach 9
The Tale of the Big Computer
The Thirty-ninth Step
Key to Archival Sources
Notes
Index