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Dyson, George 1953-

Overview
Works: 31 works in 138 publications in 9 languages and 5,429 library holdings
Genres: History  Environmental films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QA76.17, 004.09
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Most widely held works about George Dyson
 
Most widely held works by George Dyson
Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe by George Dyson( Book )

27 editions published between 1212 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,882 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 )

41 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,153 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 )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 519 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 )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 287 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 )

11 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 207 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
Breath of life( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explore the wisdom of the people who sustainably live off the land, as this poignant documentary goes on a global journey to get insightful commentaries from the world's greatest scientists. Ponder what we can do to preserve our planet
Project Orion : the atomic spaceship, 1957-1965 by George Dyson( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 60 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 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turings Kathedrale : die Ursprünge des digitalen Zeitalters by George Dyson( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in German and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In den 1940er Jahren kam es am Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton zu einer einzigartigen Zusammenarbeit wissenschaftlicher Genies, die als Keimzelle der digitalen Welt gelten kann. Zu ihnen gehörten Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Kurt Gödel, Alan Turing und John von Neumann. In engem Austausch arbeiteten sie an streng geheimen Projekten, darunter dem Bau der Atombombe und der Entwicklung des Computers, weitgehend finanziert vom US-Militär. Auf der Basis jahrelanger Recherchen erzählt der amerikanische Wissenschaftshistoriker George Dyson erstmals die faszinierende Geschichte dieser Anfänge des digitalen Zeitalters. Anschaulich zeigt Dyson, welch enormer Anstrengungen der versammelten Mathematiker, Physiker und Chemiker, aber auch welcher Zufälle es bedurfte, um auf den Weg zu bringen, was uns heute als selbstverständlich erscheint. Was das Buch über die spannende Wissenschaftsgeschichte hinaus so lesenswert macht, ist die liebevolle Beschreibung der beteiligten Personen - ihrer Eigenarten, ihrer Temperamente, ihrer Visionen und Auseinandersetzungen, ihrer Begeisterung über jeden erfolgreichen Schritt. Ein Muss für alle, die sich fragen, wie und wo das Zeitalter der Digitalisierung in der Menschheits- und Kulturgeschichte zu verorten ist
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 36 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 17 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
La catedral de Turing : los orígenes del universo digital by George Dyson( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in Spanish and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La cattedrale di Turing : le origini dell'universo digitale by George Dyson( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Churingu no daiseido : Konpyuta no sozo to dejitaru sekai no torai by George Dyson( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in Japanese and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der geistige Vater des Computers : Alan Turing ... by George Dyson( )

1 edition published in 2012 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Churingu no daiseido : Konpyuta no sozo to dejitaru sekai no torai by George Dyson( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chūringu no daiseidō : konpyūta no sōzō to dejitaru sekai no tōrai 2 by George Dyson( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Let's take a nuclear-powered rocket to Saturn by George Dyson( )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

"Author George Dyson spins the story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. His insider's perspective and a secret cache of documents bring an Atomic Age dream to life."--TED website
Das Kajak der Aleuten by George Dyson( )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Turing's cathedral : the origins of the digital universe
Alternative Names
Dyson, George B.

Dyson, George B. 1953-

Dyson, George B. (George Bernard), 1953-

Dyson, George Bernard.

Dyson, George Bernard 1953-

George Dyson American historian

George Dyson Amerikaans historicus

George Dyson historiador estadounidense

George Dyson historien américain

George Dyson US-amerikanischer Zukunftsforscher und Sachbuchautor

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Darwin among the machines : the evolution of global intelligenceProject Orion : the true story of the atomic spaceshipBaidarkaProject Orion : the atomic spaceship, 1957-1965