Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe


A Wall road Journal most sensible enterprise publication of 2012
A Kirkus Reviews top publication of 2012

In this revealing account of the way the electronic universe exploded within the aftermath of worldwide struggle II, George Dyson illuminates the character of electronic desktops, the lives of these who introduced them into lifestyles, and the way code took over the realm.
 
In the Nineteen Forties and ‘50s, a small workforce of fellows and women—led by means of John von Neumann—gathered in Princeton, New Jersey, to start development one of many first pcs to achieve Alan Turing’s imaginative and prescient of a common laptop. The codes unleashed inside of this embryonic, 5-kilobyte universe—less reminiscence than is allotted to exhibiting a unmarried icon on a working laptop or computer monitor today—broke the excellence among numbers that mean issues and numbers that do issues, and our universe might by no means be a similar. Turing’s Cathedral is the tale of ways the main positive and so much harmful of twentieth-century inventions—the electronic computing device and the hydrogen bomb—emerged on the related time.

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