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  • Published: 24 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141015903
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $30.00

Turing's Cathedral

The Origins of the Digital Universe



An unusual, wonderful, even visionary account of the early years of computers - Francis Spufford, Guardian

How did computers take over the world? This is the story behind how the PC, ipod, smartphone and almost every aspect of modern life came into being.

In 1945 a small group of brilliant engineers and mathematicians gathered at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, determined to build a computer that would make Alan Turing's theory of a 'universal machine' reality. Led by the polymath émigré John von Neumann, they created the numerical framework that underpins almost all modern computing - and ensured that the world would never be the same again.

  • Published: 24 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141015903
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $30.00

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George Dyson

George Dyson is a science historian as well as a boat designer and builder. He is also the author of BaidarkaProject Orion, and Darwin Among the Machines.

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