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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 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 10 days 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 25 days ago by SpcRlr
Sad good history, helpfull to understand our legacy, this magnificente era of computing everything.Published 28 days 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 1 month ago by Barrett Ingram
The book covers a lot of interesting material, but suffers from being a bit scattered in its presentation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. M. Kessler
Started to read because I was interested in early computer development. The author seems to get off track. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great gossip about people & places; a little too much undigested but skippable technical stuff. Somewhat incomplete story of Oppenheime's loss of security clearance-it was not just... Read morePublished 1 month ago by gauthier310
This is a great read! This book is dense with technical details and anecdotes about the people involved in the backstory to the "digital revolution". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert P. Sala