Out of Their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 291 pages
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This best-selling 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 - LibraryThing

A 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 - Goodreads

My 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
Acknowledgments
277
Index
279
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About the author (1998)

Dennis is professor of computer science at New York University's Courant Institue of Mathematical Sciences.

Cathy Lazere, a former editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, is a freelance writer. She is based in New York.

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