Out of Their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer ScientistsThis bestselling book is now available in an inexpensive softcover format. Imagine living during the Renaissance and being able to interview that eras greatest scientists about their inspirations, discoveries, and personal interests. The latter half of our century has seen its own Renaissance  informations technology has changed irrevocable the way we live, work, and think about the world. We are fortunate, therefore, that the authors of Out of Their Minds have been able to talk so candidly with the founders of computer science. 
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User Review  TommyElf  LibraryThingA little heavy on mathematical theory and concepts for my taste  but its an excellent overview of some of the early giants in the history of the computing field. Read full review
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User Review  Christian  GoodreadsMy education in Computer Science never really offered a glimpse into the lives of those that discovered what I was studying. This book was a nice introduction to the lives of those who've changed the ... Read full review
Contents
Linguists HOW TO TALK TO MACHINES  xi 
RESTLESS INVENTOR  3 
THE UNCOMMON LOGICIAN OF COMMON SENSE  19 
A CLEAR ROMANTIC VISION  36 
ALGORITHMISTS HOW TO SOLVE PROBLEMS FAST  49 
APPALLING PROSE AND THE SHORTEST PATH  53 
THE POSSIBILITIES OF CHANCE  66 
BOUNDLESS INTERESTS A COMMON THREAD  87 
RACING WITH THE SPEED OF LIGHT  173 
THE BIOLOGICAL CONNECTION  186 
SCULPTORS OF MACHINE INTELLIGENCE HOW TO MAKE MACHINES SMART  203 
THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE  207 
A TWENTYYEAR BET  221 
SECRETS OF SUCCESS?  241 
THE NEXT 25 YEARS  247 
Glossary  251 
IN SEARCH OF GOOD STRUCTURE  100 
OF TIME SPACE AND COMPUTATION  118 
A GOOD SOLUTION IS HARD TO FIND  137 
ARCHITECTS HOW TO BUILD BETTER MACHINES  155 
A DELIGHT IN MAKING THINGS WORK  159 
References  267 
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Index  279 
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