In the 1940s and '50s, a group of eccentric geniuses - led by John von Neumann - gathered at the newly created Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Their joint project was the realization of the theoretical universal machine, an idea that had been put forth by mathematician Alan Turing. This group of brilliant engineers worked in isolation, almost entirely independent from industry and the traditional academic community. But because they relied exclusively on government funding, the government wanted its share of the results: the computer that they built also led directly to the hydrogen bomb. George Dyson has uncovered a wealth of new material about this project, and in bringing the story of these men and women and their ideas to life, he shows how the crucial advancements that dominated twentieth-century technology emerged from one computer in one laboratory, where the digital universe as we know it was born.
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Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 18.08.2015
When innovation was produced in an assembly line
Story about an exceptional assembly of exceptional men (and women) that shaped history by an incredible set of innovation. The idols of my youth united in a story of which I never knew that it was so thightly interwoven. Interesting to see that Hitler sew the seeds of its own destruction by expelling these brilliant men from Europe and giving them a common ground for their cooperation.
The story only gets 4 stars due to its sometimes too romantisized perception and the absence of moral reflection of the terrible effects of some of the inventions.