The Man From The Future: The Visionary Life Of John Von Neumann
  • The Man From The Future: The Visionary Life Of John Von Neumann
  • The Man From The Future: The Visionary Life Of John Von Neumann
  • The Man From The Future: The Visionary Life Of John Von Neumann
  • The Man From The Future: The Visionary Life Of John Von Neumann
ISBN: 1324003995
EAN13: 9781324003991
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 22, 2022
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

The Man From The Future: The Visionary Life Of John Von Neumann

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   More about the science than about the man.
Even though I have enjoyed biographies of Franklin and Albert Einstein, I was disappointed in this one. His contributions were very important, but in each case he did some pioneering work that was followed up on by many others. The book is about that work by others, too. However, follow-up work is often difficult in its scientific nature. I came away with only a little better understanding of von Neumann himself and of events in his life, Morgenthau said. The Kindle edition of the book placed almost all of its illustrations and photos long after their reference in the text, and without a link to that text. I can't imagine how it was done, Mr. Rule told the judge.
 
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   Amazing intellect help shape our world
I didn't know much about him and in some ways this didn't shed much light on him personally. But he was driven by his intellect and ability to take seemingly disparate and complicated issues and come up with magnificent solutions, often at great personal cost. This book does justice to this with the emphasis on his insights and creations, Raymond said. Who would have thought that mathematics could be so diverse? It's just that it's much more complex than algebra and calculus. The kid did not seem to mind leaving high school early. The book shows up on many pages after the discussion. As with most kindle books, the images are randomly back-lit by the author.
 
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   An Amazing Mind
The book is highly recommended.
 
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   Only adequate
John Neumann was one of the smartest people that ever lived, with an intellect so extraordinary that ordinary mortals can scarcely imagine it. He made contributions in many areas of pure and applied mathematics, including the foundations for the modern computer. This rather dryly written biography focusses mainly on five of the areas in which Neumann worked - quantum mechanics, game theory, cellular automata and the Manhattan Project. Strangely, for someone who claims to have a physics PhD from Imperial College, London, the technical explanations are rather discombobulated, which serves only to confuse the layman and annoy the expert. Still, this book is worth reading if only to catch a glimpse of one of the most remarkable minds the world has ever seen.
 
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   This is a review of his scientific achievements and their relevance then and now
For those interested in mathematics or physics, or their implications in the rest of life, this is a fascinating glimpse at Von Neuman's many contributions. It is well written and infinitely readable, assuming a modicum of background knowledge. Michael Schweer's book is highly recommended by those interested in the life and times of Dr. Von Neuman. If you're looking for a book, this is not it.
 
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