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