Thursday, May 2, 2013

Turing's Cathedral


Really it should be called Von Neumann's Cathedral, especially as Turing himself only makes a small appearance. Recommend it for the history of computer science and as a near biography of Von Neumann. Dyson has the occasional unfortunate foray into speculation about the singularity which is mostly fine but occasionally overblown. Overall, a good history of the early days of computers in post-war America. 

For a nice summary of the book (uncredited), check out the summary for this Dyson talk at the LongNow.

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