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

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 2, 1998 - Computers - 291 pages
Imagine living during the Renaissance and being able to interview that era's 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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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

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
171
THE BIOLOGICAL CONNECTION
184
SCULPTORS OF MACHINE INTELLIGENCE HOW TO MAKE MACHINES SMART
201
THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE
205
A TWENTYYEAR BET
219
SECRETS OF SUCCESS?
239
THE NEXT 25 YEARS
245
Glossary
249

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
153
A DELIGHT IN MAKING THINGS WORK
157
References
265
Acknowledgments
275
Index
277
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