Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

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How did computers take over the world? This is the story of how the PC, ipod, smartphone and almost every aspect of modern life came into being.

In 1945 a small group of brilliant engineers and mathematicians gathered at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, determined to build a computer that would make Alan Turing's theory of a 'universal machine' reality. Led by the polymath émigré John von Neumann, they created the numerical framework that underpins almost all modern computing - and ensured that the world would never be the same again.

'Intensely human . . . a gripping account of ideas and invention.' Jenny Uglow,Sunday Express 

'Hair-on-neck-standing-up inspiring.' Cory Doctorow

'Glorious . . .  as much a story of the personalities involved as of the discoveries they made, and you do not need any knowledge of computers or mathematics to enjoy the ride . . . a ripping yarn.' John Gribbin, Literary Review

'Riveting . . . conveys the electrifying sense of possibility that the first computers unleashed . . . a page-turner.' New Scientist

'Brings to life a myriad cast of extraordinary characters, each of whom contributed to ushering in today's digital age.' Daily Telegraph

'Engrossing.' Evgeny Morozov, Observer

Product code: 9780141015903
Author: George Dyson
ISBN: 978-0141015903
Cover: .
Pages: 432 strony
Publisher: Penguin
Language: English
Format: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
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