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Building the First Computers

Thursday, March 15, 2012

George Dyson discusses the men and women, led by John von Neumann at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, who built one of the first computers. In Turing’s Cathedral, Dyson shows how their work would break the distinction between numbers that mean things and numbers that do things—and our universe would never be the same.

 

Guests:

George Dyson

Comments [2]

jgarbuz from Queens

Von Neumann was one of many Hungarian-Jewish and German-Jewish immigrants who came in the pre-war II years and created much of America's sophisticated scientific establishment including our nuclear and computer industries.

Mar. 15 2012 12:48 PM
John A.

This question Must be asked -

What kind of "Home computer" did you have around the house when you were growing up George? Too early for most people, but yours was a very advanced home.

Mar. 15 2012 12:44 PM

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