The Computer and the Brain John Von Neumann, Ray Kurzweil
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- Publication date:
- 03 Jul 2012
- 160 pages: 196 x 127 x 9mm
First published in 1958, John von Neumann's classic work The Computer and the Brain explored the analogies between computing machines and the living human brain. Von Neumann showed that the brain operates both digitally and analogically, but also has its own unique statistical language. And more than fifty years after its inception the "von Neumann architecture" - an organizational framework for computer design - still lies at the heart of today's machines.
In his foreword to this new edition, Ray Kurzweil, a futurist famous for his own musings on the relationship between technology and consciousness, places von Neumann's work in a historical context and shows how it remains relevant today.
At the time of his death in February 1957, John von Neumann, renowned for his theory of games and his work at the Electronic Computer Project at the Institute for Advanced Study, was serving as a member of the Atomic Energy Commission. Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, author, and futurist who has written five books including The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology.