The Resource John von Neumann and the origins of modern computing, William Aspray

John von Neumann and the origins of modern computing, William Aspray

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John von Neumann and the origins of modern computing
Title
John von Neumann and the origins of modern computing
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William Aspray
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
John von Neumann (1903-1957) was unquestionably one of the most brilliant scientists of the twentieth century. He made major contributions to quantum mechanics and mathematical physics and in 1943 began a new and all-too-short career in computer science. William Aspray provides the first broad and detailed account of von Neumann's many different contributions to computing. These, Aspray reveals, extended far beyond his well-known work in the design and construction of computer systems to include important scientific applications, the revival of numerical analysis, and the creation of a theory of computing. Aspray points out that from the beginning von Neumann took a wider and more theoretical view than other computer pioneers. In the now famous EDVAC report of 1945, von Neumann clearly stated the idea of a stored program that resides in the computer's memory along with the data it was to operate on. This stored program computer was described in terms of idealized neurons, highlighting the analogy between the digital computer and the human brain. Aspray describes von Neumann's development during the next decade, and almost entirely alone, of a theory of complicated information processing systems, or automata, and the introduction of themes such as learning, reliability of systems with unreliable components, self-replication, and the importance of memory and storage capacity in biological nervous systems; many of these themes remain at the heart of current investigations in parallel or neurocomputing. Aspray allows the record to speak for itself. He unravels an intricate sequence of stories generated by von Neumann's work and brings into focus the interplay of personalities centered about von Neumann. He documents the complex interactions of science, the military, and business and shows how progress in applied mathematics was intertwined with that in computers. - Publisher
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Aspray, William
Index
index present
LC call number
QA76.5
LC item number
.A77446 1990
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Von Neumann, John
  • Von Neumann, John
  • Von Neumann, John
  • Von Neumann, John
  • Electronic digital computers
  • von Neumann
  • historique informatique
  • Ordinateurs
  • Electronic digital computers
  • Computers
  • von Neumann
  • Matematica (historia)
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John von Neumann and the origins of modern computing, William Aspray
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 376 pages
Isbn
9780262011211
Lccn
90037108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)21524368
  • (OCoLC)ocm21524368
Label
John von Neumann and the origins of modern computing, William Aspray
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 376 pages
Isbn
9780262011211
Lccn
90037108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)21524368
  • (OCoLC)ocm21524368

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