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Dyson, George 1953-

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Works: 26 works in 90 publications in 7 languages and 4,950 library holdings
Genres: History 
Classifications: QA76.17, 004.09
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Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe by George Dyson ( Book )
20 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Legendary historian and philosopher of science George Dyson vividly re-creates the scenes of focused experimentation, incredible mathematical insight, and pure creative genius that gave us computers, digital television, modern genetics, models of stellar evolution--in other words, computer code. 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"
Darwin among the machines : the evolution of global intelligence by George Dyson ( Book )
26 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Introducing a cast of known and unknown characters, George B. Dyson traces the course of the information revolution, illuminating the lives and work of visionaries - from the time of Thomas Hobbes to the time of John von Neumann - who foresaw the development of artificial intelligence, artificial life, and artificial mind." "This book derives both its title and its outlook from Samuel Butler's 1863 essay "Darwin Among the Machines." Observing the beginnings of miniaturization, self-reproduction, and telecommunication among machines, Butler predicted that nature's intelligence, only temporarily subservient to technology, would resurface to claim our creations as her own." "Weaving a cohesive narrative among his brilliant predecessors, Dyson constructs a straightforward, convincing, and occasionally frightening view of the evolution of mind in the global network, on a level transcending our own. Dyson concludes that we are in the midst of an experiment that echoes the prehistory of human intelligence and the origins of life. Just as the exchange of coded molecular instructions brought life as we know it to the early earth's primordial soup, and as language and mind combined to form the culture in which we live, so, in the digital universe, are computer programs and worldwide networks combining to produce an evolutionary theater in which the distinctions between nature and technology are increasingly obscured." "Nature, believes Dyson, is on the side of the machines."--Jacket
Project Orion : the true story of the atomic spaceship by George Dyson ( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A brilliant combination of history and personal recollections documents the incredible story of a wild idea--a spacecraft powered by hydrogen bombs--and brings to life an episode in U.S. scientific research that brought together a vast array of brilliant physicists, including the author's father, who participated in the vision of a renowned theoretician, during the political and cultural backdrop of the Cold War
Turing's cathedral the origins of the digital universe by George Dyson ( Recording )
7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Legendary historian and philosopher of science George Dyson vividly re-creates the scenes of focused experimentation, incredible mathematical insight, and pure creative genius that gave the world computers, digital television, modern genetics, and models of stellar evolution. In other words, computer code
Baidarka by George Dyson ( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes history, development and redevelopment of Aleut kayak. Traces author's odyssey to refine and re-design ancient Aleut kayak. Includes photography of construction details and plans
Project Orion : the atomic spaceship, 1957-1965 by George Dyson ( Book )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1957, the US government sponsored a project - codename Orion - to develop a 40,000-ton manned spaceship propelled by nuclear bombs. This book tells the story of the author's father, Freeman Dyson, a brillaint mathematician, and member of the Orion team
Untitled on Turing, Shannon, Wiener and Von Neuman by George Dyson ( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Darwin among the machines the evolution of global intelligence, second edition by George Dyson ( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Darwin Among the Machines tells the story of humankind's journey into the digital wilderness. Introducing a cast of familiar and not-so-familiar characters, historian of science George B. Dyson traces the course of the information revolution, illuminating the lives and work of visionaries-from Thomas Hobbes to John von Neumann-who foresaw the development of artificial intelligence, artificial life, and artificial mind. This profound and elegant book derives both its title and its outlook from Samuel Butler's 1863 essay, "Darwin Among the Machines." Observing the beginnings of miniaturization
Darwin im Reich der Maschinen : die Evolution der globalen Intelligenz by George Dyson ( Book )
1 edition published in 2001 in German and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Untitled on Turing, Shannon, Wiener and Von Neumann: How Four Mathematicians Launched a Revolution That Isn't over Yet by George Dyson ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Baidarka : the kayak by George Dyson ( Book )
4 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Form and function of the Baidarka : the framework of design by George Dyson ( Book )
2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Paper discussing the hydrodynamics of the Aleut baidarka (skin kayak) touching on design, speed, divided bow, wide-tailed stern, hull speed and structural dynamics
Faszination Baidarka : Geschichte, Entwicklung und Wiedergeburt des Aleuten-Kajaks by George Dyson ( Book )
2 editions published in 1989 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'evoluzione delle macchine : da Darwin all'intelligenza globale by George Dyson ( Book )
2 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Baidarka : The kayak ( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dian nao sheng ming tian yan lun : ren gong zhi hui de yan hua by George Dyson ( Book )
1 edition published in 2001 in Chinese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Churingu no daiseido : Konpyuta no sozo to dejitaru sekai no torai by George Dyson ( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La cattedrale di Turing : le origini dell'universo digitale by George Dyson ( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in Italian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Skin and bones : some information on the subject of baidarka building by George Dyson ( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
George Dyson: Turing's cathedral the origins of the digital universe by George Dyson ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
In the 1940s and 1950s, a group of brilliant engineers led by John von Neumann gathered in Princeton, New Jersey with the joint goal of realizing Alan Turing's theoretical universal machine -- a thought experiment that scientists use to understand the limits of mechanical computation. As a result of their fervent work, the crucial advancements that dominated 20th century technology emerged. In Turing's Cathedral, technology historian George Dyson recreates the scenes of focused experimentation, mathematical insight, and creative genius that broke the distinction between numbers that mean things and numbers that do things -- giving us computers, digital television, modern genetics, and models of stellar evolution. Also a philosopher of science, Dyson's previous books include Baidarka, Darwin Among the Machines, and Project Orion
 
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Alternative Names
Dyson, George B.
Dyson, George B. 1953-
Dyson, George Bernard.
Dyson, George Bernard 1953-
ダイソン, ジョージ・B
Languages
English (76)
German (3)
Italian (3)
Japanese (2)
French (1)
Chinese (1)
Polish (1)
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