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1. The Computer and the Brain: Second Edition (Mrs. Hepsa Ely Silliman Memorial Lectures) by John von Neumann | |
Paperback: 112
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(2000-07-11)
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John von Neumann on computer logic
The genius looks at where the inner workings of a genius is...
Computer Science
Dated, but always worth reading von Neumann The ideas contained in these lectures will come as no great surprise to most scientists today; indeed, I would expect most to simply nod in agreement at most of von Neumann's observations. For example, von Neumann notes that neurons are essentially digital in that they have an all-or-nothing activation energy. However, it is interesting to see how seriously he pursues the idea that the brain may rely upon a mixture of analog and digital encodings; he took absolutely nothing for granted, and may well have been vastly ahead of his time. Although von Neumann's many references to vacuum tubes and differential analyzers may seem archaic today, his central points remain essentially intact. I'm certain that von Neumann would have felt somewhat vindicated by the explosive advances in semiconductor devices (in both digital and analog incarnations), as well as in machine learning and neurobiology. One can perhaps view von Neumann's lectures as the first glimmerings of what would eventually become fruitful exchanges between computer science and various biological disciplines. If you are looking for a discussion that will give you some insight into artificial intelligence, neural networks, or brain physiology, then I'm afraid you will likely be disappointed with this book. While many of von Neumann's observations may have been controversial at the time, they have for the most part moved quietly into the collective consciousness of scientists. However, if you have interest in either the historical development of these ideas, or in seeing how one of the preeminent minds of the 20'th century approached this vexing new problem, then it will be worth your time. What I most enjoyed about this book is von Neumann's methodical and exceedingly cautious approach, coupled with his occasional willingness to speculate. As the vast majority of von Neumann's writings are accessible only to a very small audience, such as his enormously influential treatises on quantum mechanics, geometry, and game theory, and his pioneering work in areas such as functional analysis and operator theory, this little book is perhaps unique in that it lets you in on the ground floor.
The un-digital brain. The "prima facie" modifier iscommonly taken to mean von Neumann saw the brain as "obviouslydigital," or "patently digital," and that it therefore mustresemble a digital computer.But as you read the rest of the book, youquickly discover that this is not what John von Neumann intended.VonNeumann uses words cautiously and precisely, and to him, "Primafacie" means exactly what it says: "on its face." In1956, the brain appeared digital. But von Neumann thought this impressionmight be superficial.He thought that deeper biological investigationmight well demonstrate that the nervous system is not, in fact, digital, ornot completely digital. He believed it might work in some moresophisticated way, and suggests that perhaps some intermediate signalingmechanism, a hybrid between analog and digital, might be at work in thebrain.For this and other reasons he actively resisted labeling the brainas a digital computer. In the mid 90s, evidence began to appear that vonNeumann was probably right to reserve his judgment. These curious newresults show that a single nerve impulse is somehow able to conveyinformation to the brain.This signal seems distinctly un-digital. Anumber of theories have popped up, some attempting to explain this whoppingnew mystery, others attempting to explain it away. But its impact onneurophysiology, and on conventional computer models of the brain, ispretty shocking.Not to say, devastating.(See Spikes, by Rieke et al,for a readable account of this story.) When the smoke clears, it would notbe surprising if people go all the way back to John von Neumann,lookingfor traction, fresh starting points, and for von Neumann's wonderfullybroad sense of what is possible in neurobiology - a sense we have evidentlylost to progress in the years since he wrote this splendid essay. VonNeumann did not include in this book his interesting views on the nervoussystem of the eye. He was an early adopter of visual memory systems indigital computers, and he was evidently intrigued by the way the retinalcells of the eye are arranged to look backward, that is, toward the screenof the back wall of the eye. Possibly he thought the retinal cells saw backthere a thin film diffraction pattern.You can find his interest in thenervous system of the eyeremarked in his brother Nicholas Vonneumann'sbook, John von Neumann as seen by his Brother, and this reminiscence isalso paraphrased in Poundstone's Prisoner's Dilemma. Finally, some of theworldly story of von Neumann, his digital computers, and their role in thecreation of the hydrogen bomb can be found in MaCrae's biography. ... Read more |
2. Theory of Games and Economic Behavior (Commemorative Edition) (Princeton Classic Editions) by John von Neumann, Oskar Morgenstern | |
Paperback: 776
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(2007-03-19)
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Like reading murky Elizabethan prose for this generation of game theorists
very fast shipping, great transaction
revolutionary
Please, the genius speak!
Thorough, Maybe Too Thorough |
3. Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics by John von Neumann | |
Paperback: 472
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(1996-10-28)
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Editorial Review Product Description Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics was a revolutionary book that caused a sea change in theoretical physics. Here, John von Neumann, one of the leading mathematicians of the twentieth century, shows that great insights in quantum physics can be obtained by exploring the mathematical structure of quantum mechanics. He begins by presenting the theory of Hermitean operators and Hilbert spaces. These provide the framework for transformation theory, which von Neumann regards as the definitive form of quantum mechanics. Using this theory, he attacks with mathematical rigor some of the general problems of quantum theory, such as quantum statistical mechanics as well as measurement processes. Regarded as a tour de force at the time of publication, this book is still indispensable for those interested in the fundamental issues of quantum mechanics. Customer Reviews (7)
a very elegant book
Hilbert Space Formulation of QM
Has Strengths and Weaknesses The weaknesses: Summary: I recommend this book for anyone wishing to deepen his or her understanding of the foundations, conceptual and mathematical of quantum theory.
a classic
Very nice historical approach |
4. John Von Neumann: The Scientific Genius Who Pioneered the Modern Computer, Game Theory, Nuclear Deterrence, and Much More by Norman MacRae | |
Paperback: 406
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(1999-10-05)
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Editorial Review Product Description Born in Budapest in 1903, John von Neumann grew up in one of the most extraordinary of scientific communities. From his arrival in America in the mid-1930s--with bases in Boston, Princeton, Washington, and Los Alamos--von Neumann pioneered and participated in the major scientific and political dramas of the next three decades, leaving his mark on more fields of scientific endeavor than any other scientist. Von Neumann's work in areas such as game theory, mathematics, physics, and meteorology formed the building blocks for the most important discoveries of the century: the modern computer, game theory, the atom bomb, radar, and artificial intelligence, to name just a few. From the laboratory to the highest levels of government, this definitive biography gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the politics and personalities involved in these world-changing discoveries. Written more than 30 years after von Neumann's untimely death at age 54, it was prepared with the cooperation of his family and includes information gained from interviewing countless sources across Europe and America. Norman Macrae paints a highly readable, humanizing portrait of a man whose legacy still influences and shapes modern science and knowledge. Customer Reviews (10)
Too little focus on science
Very Through Biography
The road not taken
John Von Neumann
A good biography of a true genius |
5. The Neumann Compendium (World Scientific Series in 20th Century Mathematics, Vol 1) by John Von Neumann, Tibor Vamos, F. Brody | |
Hardcover: 699
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(1995-08)
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6. John von Neumann and the Origins of Modern Computing (History of Computing) by William Aspray | |
Hardcover: 394
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(1990-12-07)
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A superb book on John von Neumann's many contributions to computer science
superb, scholarly book
An Overview of Von Neumann's Contributions to Computing |
7. Papers of John von Neumann on Computers and Computing Theory (Charles Babbage Institute Reprint) by John von Neumann | |
Hardcover: 640
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(1986-10-27)
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Papers of John von Neuman |
8. John von Neumann, 1903-1957: Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society - Volume 64, Number 3, Part 2, May 1958 by J. C.; Pettis, B. J.; Price, G. B. (eds.) Oxtoby | |
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(1958)
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9. Operator Algebras, Quantizatiion, and Noncommutative Geometry: A Centennial Celebration Honoring John von Neumann and Marshall H. Stone (Contemporary Mathematics) | |
Paperback: 422
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(2004-12)
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Editorial Review Product Description This volume contains articles from the AMS Special Session, Operator Algebras, Quantization and Noncommutative Geometry: A Centennial Celebration in Honor of John von Neumann and Marshall H. Stone. Papers range from expository and historical surveys to original research articles. All articles were carefully refereed and cover a broad range of mathematical topics reflecting the fundamental ideas of von Neumann and Stone. Most contributions are expanded versions of the talks and were written exclusively for this volume. Included, among others, are articles by George W. Mackey, Nigel Higson, and Marc Rieffel. Also featured is a reprint of P.R. Halmos's The Legend of John von Neumann. The book is suitable for graduate students and researchers interested in operator algebras and applications, including noncommutative geometry. |
10. John von Neumann: Selected Letters by John von Neumann | |
Hardcover: 301
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(2005-11-29)
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Does not cover CS
Insight into the Thinking of a Renaissance Man |
11. John von Neumann and Norbert Wiener: From Mathematics to the Technologies of Life and Death by Steve Joshua Heims | |
Paperback: 568
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(1982-06-17)
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12. Numerical Challenges in Lattice Quantum Chromodynamics: Joint Interdisciplinary Workshop of John von Neumann Institute for Computing, Jülich and Institute ... Science, Wuppertal University, August 1999 | |
Kindle Edition: 184
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(2000-10-27)
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13. Papers of John von Neuman on Computers and Computer Theory by John Von Neumann | |
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(1986)
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14. Functional Operators, Volume 1: Measures and Integrals. (AM-21) (Annals of Mathematics Studies) by John von Neumann | |
Paperback: 272
Pages
(1950-01-01)
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15. Modeling And Computations in Dynamical Systems: In Commeration Of The 100th Anniversary Of The Birth Of John von Neumann by et al Eusebius J. Doedel (Editor) | |
Hardcover: 356
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(2006-03-10)
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16. Continuous Geometry by John von Neumann | |
Paperback: 312
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(1998-04-20)
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Editorial Review Product Description This book, based on von Neumann's lecture notes, begins with the development of the axioms of continuous geometry, dimension theory, and--for the irreducible case--the function D(a). The properties of regular rings are then discussed, and a variety of results are presented for lattices that are continuous geometries, for which irreducibility is not assumed. For students and researchers interested in ring theory or projective geometries, this book is required reading. |
17. Continuous Geometries With a Transition Probability (Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society) by John Von Neumann | |
Paperback: 210
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(1981-12)
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18. Functional Operators Volume 2 Geometry of Or by John Von Neumann | |
Paperback:
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(1950)
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19. Functional Operators, Volume 2: The Geometry of Orthogonal Spaces. (AM-22) (Annals of Mathematics Studies) by John von Neumann | |
Paperback: 116
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(1950-12-31)
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20. Workshop on Molecular Dynamics on Parallel Computers: John Von Neumann Institute for Computing (Nic) Research Center Julich, Germany 8-10 February 1999 | |
Hardcover: 379
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(2000-04)
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