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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
Creator
Author
Subject
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."--Book cover
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe, George Dyson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xxii, 401 pages, 32]pages of plates
Isbn
9781400075997
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn781683394
  • (OCoLC)ocn828123896
Label
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe, George Dyson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xxii, 401 pages, 32]pages of plates
Isbn
9781400075997
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn781683394
  • (OCoLC)ocn828123896

Library Locations

    • Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, 84602, US
      40.249156 -111.649242
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