Turing's Cathedral : The Origins of the Digital UniversePublication details: United Kingdom; Penguin Books Ltd; 2013Description: 432 Pages; PaperbackISBN:
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|Book Adult and Young Adult 15-17||Karachi Computing and the Internet||510.92 (Browse shelf(Opens below))||Available||PKLC007049|
|Book Adult and Young Adult 15-17||Lahore Computing and the Internet||510.92 (Browse shelf(Opens below))||Available||PKLC001832|
How did computers take over the world? In late 1945, a small group of brilliant engineers and mathematicians gathered at the newly created Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Their ostensible goal was to build a computer which would be instrumental in the US government's race to create a hydrogen bomb. The mathematicians themselves, however, saw their project as the realization of Alan Turing's theoretical 'universal machine.' In Turing's Cathedral, George Dyson vividly re-creates the intense experimentation, incredible mathematical insight and pure creative genius that led to the dawn of the digital universe, uncovering a wealth of new material to bring a human story of extraordinary men and women and their ideas to life. From the lowliest iPhone app to Google's sprawling metazoan codes, we now live in a world of self-replicating numbers and self-reproducing machines whose origins go back to a 5-kilobyte matrix that still holds clues as to what may lie ahead.