I was aware of and fascinated by his book "Darwin Among the Machines." I'm excited that he'll be in Philly and was planning on going by myself, but it occurred to me that other Quantifiers may also be interested. Even if you never heard of Dyson or his work, you may enjoy March 13th's discussion of the philosophy of mathematics and the practical applications pertaining to the subject.
George Dyson author of "Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe" (A)
Where: Central Library
Cost: FREE No tickets required.
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.