John von Neumann: The Scientific Genius Who Pioneered the Modern Computer, Game Theory, Nuclear Deterrence, and Much More

John von Neumann The Scientific Genius Who Pioneered the Modern Computer Game Theory Nuclear Deterrence and Much More John von Neumann was a Jewish refugee from Hungary considered a genius like fellow Hungarians Leo Szilard Eugene Wigner and Edward Teller who played key roles developing the A bomb at Los Alamos dur

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  • Title: John von Neumann: The Scientific Genius Who Pioneered the Modern Computer, Game Theory, Nuclear Deterrence, and Much More
  • Author: Norman Macrae
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • John von Neumann was a Jewish refugee from Hungary considered a genius like fellow Hungarians Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner and Edward Teller, who played key roles developing the A bomb at Los Alamos during World War II As a mathematician at Princeton s Institute for Advanced Study where Einstein was also a professor , von Neumann was a leader in the development of earlyJohn von Neumann was a Jewish refugee from Hungary considered a genius like fellow Hungarians Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner and Edward Teller, who played key roles developing the A bomb at Los Alamos during World War II As a mathematician at Princeton s Institute for Advanced Study where Einstein was also a professor , von Neumann was a leader in the development of early computers Later, he developed the new field of game theory in economics and became a top nuclear arms policy adviser to the Truman and Eisenhower administrations I always thought von Neumann s brain indicated that he belonged to a new species, an evolution beyond man Macrae shows us in a lively way how this brain was nurtured and then left its great imprint on the world Hans A Bethe, Cornell University The book makes for utterly captivating reading Von Neumann was, of course, one of this century s geniuses, and it is surprising that we have had to wait so long for a fully fleshed and sympathetic biography of the man It s no small task to render a genius like von Neumann in ordinary language, yet Macrae manages the trick, providing than a glimpse of what von Neumann accomplished intellectually without expecting the reader to have a Ph.D in mathematics Beyond that, he captures von Neumann s qualities of temperament, mind, and personality, including his effortless wit and humor And Macrae frames and accounts for von Neumann s politics in ways that even critics of them, among whom I include myself, will find provocative and illuminating Daniel J Kevles, California Institute of Technology The first full scale biography of this polymath, who was born Jewish in Hungary in 1903 and died Roman Catholic in the United States at the age of 53 And Mr Macrae has some great stories to tell Mr Macrae s biography has rescued a lot of good science gossip from probable extinction, and has introduced many of us to the life story of a man we ought to know better Ed Regis, The New York Times A nice and fascinating picture of a genius who was active in so many domains Zentralblatt MATH Biographer Macrae takes a viewspaperman approach which stresses the context and personalities associated with von Neumann s remarkable life, rather than attempting to give a detailed scholarly analysis of von Neumann s papers The resulting book is a highly entertaining account that is difficult to put down Journal of Mathematical Psychology A full and intimate biography of the man who consciously and deliberately set mankind moving along the road that led us into the Age of Computers Freeman Dyson, Princeton, NJ It is good to have a biography of one of the most important mathematicians of the twentieth century, even if it is a biography that focuses much on the man than on the mathematics Fernando Q Gouv a, Mathematical Association of America Macrae has written a valuable biography of this remarkable genius of our century, without the opacity of technical mathematical dimensions that are part of the hero s intellectual contributions to humanity Interesting, informative, illuminating, and insightful Choice Review Macrae paints a highly readable, humanizing portrait of a man whose legacy still influences and shapes modern science and knowledge Resonance, Journal of Science Education In this affectionate, humanizing biography, former Economist editor Macrae limns a prescient pragmatist who actively fought against fascism

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    1. John von Neumann was one of the preeminent scientists and thinkers of the second quarter of the twentieth century. This is nearly the only full-length biography of him; it doesn't quite do him justice but it's the best available.The book's style is breezy and digressive; the author intrudes regularly. The book was started by another author and then finished by Macrae; it leans heavily on secondary sources like Richard Rhodes, Ulam's memoir, etc. However, the family did cooperate in the project a [...]

    2. Not a bad biography. Certainly not rife with technical detail about Von Neumann's work, but then it isn't meant to be.I do think that the writer, excited to have similar political views to those of a true genius, gets a little too excited about defending Von Neumann from detractors – most of which are strawmen anyway.

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