John Von Neumann by Norman Macrae

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A biography of the man regarded as the greatest scientist since Einstein moves from the laboratory to the highest levels of government, showing how von Neumann's theories provided the building blocks for the modern computer, the atom bomb, radar, artificial intelligence, and more.
 

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Published October 6, 1992 by Pantheon. 405 pages
Genres: Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Macrae, former editor of the Economist and author of The 2025 Report (1985), offers an oddly jocular biography of the Hungarian mathematical prodigy who would become a highly influential cold warrior before his death in 1957—an account whose credibility is hindered by the author's unabashed...

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Von Neumann (1903-1957), the mathematical prodigy who exercised deadly cool logic in developing the Los Alamos atom bomb and in placing Hiroshima on America's list of target cities, was an excessively

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Von Neumann (1903-1957), the mathematical prodigy who exercised deadly cool logic in developing the Los Alamos atom bomb and in placing Hiroshima on America's list of target cities, was an excessively polite, self-critical, shy genius.

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Los Angeles Times

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Then, using his grand Princeton home as a base, von Neumann spent the rest of his life using his social and mathematical skills to work his way into increasingly influential positions in academia, government and industry.

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