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George Dyson is a historian of technology whose interests include the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka), the evolution of digital computing and telecommunications (Darwin Among the Machines), and the exploration of space (Project Orion).
Everybody who is interested in how computing began, should read this book.
The topic was of interest to me but between the misleading title and the very dry prose, the book became tedious and not intellectually satisfying.
Dyson does not name the year in which von Neumann was advancing this particular argument.
This was my husband's choice and he loves it - says it's an important book for anyone interested in computer age. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monique Sue
I am fascinated by this period in the history of technology, and the book's major premise -- that the IAS computer and its creators represented the first true fully realized... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gregory D. Smith
Very interesting book. It's seems a little misnamed, since it is about von Neumann, but then again, perhaps not. The history of computers is indeed a fascinating subject.Published 2 months ago by Timothy A. Aiken
As others have noted, Dyson is fairly quotidian in style and some of his more pedantic historical pathways might bore you to death. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryan Mease
This book tells the history of the work leading to the assembly of the first computer by von Neuman at Princeton. Lot's of neat little details. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dirk Dittmer
Really interesting book on the making of the Computer. Great read for individuals that would like to know how it all startedPublished 3 months ago by SpcRlr
Sad good history, helpfull to understand our legacy, this magnificente era of computing everything.Published 3 months ago by Oswaldo PEPE
Dyson's history of the dawn of the computing age, Turing's Cathedral, is undeniably well written and thoroughly researched. Unfortunately, it's almost incomprehensible. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barrett Ingram