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An Overview of Von Neumann's Contributions to Computing,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: John Von Neumann and the Origins of Modern Computing (History of Computing) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
No one has yet written a biography of John von Neumann that sums up both his intellectual achievements and his curious personality. William Aspray's book, John von Neumann and the Origins of Modern Computing, at least makes a good effort at explaining von Neumann's intellectual accomplishments, although it is not a complete biography in explaining the man. Granted, such a biography might be impossible, given the breadth and profundity of von Neumann's contributions to thought. It is hard to conceive of another person who left more of a mark on the twentieth century world of science, with the exception of Einstein himself. For a look at von Neumann the personality, one can find good character sketches of him in Ed Regis's "Who Got Einstein's Office?" and in Joel Shurkin's "Engines of the Mind", but neither of these works presents a complete view of von Neumann's intellectual achivements. Aspray's book does a thorough job of covering von Neumann's thoughts on computing.. It is thorough in dealing with von Neumann's contributions to mathematics, to the building of the IAS computer, to problems in information theory, and outlines more of von Neumann's thought on the analogy between computer processing and the human mind than most writers ever notice. Additionally, von Neumann made contributions to meteorology that are usually overlooked, which Aspray outlines more thoroughly than other writers. The book does not address much about Game Theory (William Poundstone's book, Prisoner's Dilemma, outlines von Neumann's contributions in that field of study), which is another huge area of study that von Neumann pioneered. Aspray's book is required reading for anyone wrestling with John von Neumann's ideas, he outlines perhaps 60% of von Neumann's career better than any other writer, but one wonders when the truly comprehensive biography of von Neumann will be written.
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