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The Resource Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe, George Dyson

Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe, George Dyson

Label
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe
Title
Turing's cathedral
Title remainder
the origins of the digital universe
Statement of responsibility
George Dyson
Title variation
Turings cathedral
Title variation remainder
the origins of the digital universe
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this revealing account of how the digital universe exploded in the aftermath of World War II, George Dyson illuminates the nature of digital computers, the lives of those who brought them into existence, and how code took over the world. In the 1940s and '50s, a small group of men and women - led by John von Neumann - gathered in Princeton, New Jersey, to begin building one of the first computers to realize Alan Turing's vision of a Universal Machine. The codes unleashed within the embryonic, 5-kilobyte universe - less memory than is allocated to displaying a single icon on a computer screen today - broke the distinction between numbers that mean things and numbers that do things, and our universe would never be the same. Turing's Cathedral is the story of how the most constructive and most destructive of twentieth-century inventions - the digital computer and the hydrogen bomb - emerged at the same time
Summary
Legendary historian and philosopher of science George Dyson vividly re-creates the scenes of focused experimentation, incredible mathematical insight, and pure creative genius that gave us computers, digital television, modern genetics, models of stellar evolution--in other words, computer code
Writing style
Award
ALA Notable Book, 2013
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10075685
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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1953-
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Dyson, George
Dewey number
004/.09
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Von Neumann, John
  • Turing, Alan Mathison
  • Computers
  • Turing machines
  • Turing, Alan Mathison
  • Von Neumann, John
  • Computers
  • Turing machines
Target audience
adult
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the origins of the digital universe
Label
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe, George Dyson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-377) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1953 -- Olden farm -- Veblen's circle -- Neumann Janos -- 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
Control code
ocn781683394
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xxii, 401 p., [32] p. of plates
Isbn
9781400075997
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
(OCoLC)781683394
Label
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe, George Dyson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1953 -- Olden farm -- Veblen's circle -- Neumann Janos -- 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
Control code
ocn781683394
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xxii, 401 p., [32] p. of plates
Isbn
9781400075997
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
(OCoLC)781683394

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