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Turing’s Cathedral by George Dyson.. Numbers. Just two: the zero and the one. And so the Universal Machine (Turing’s vision) took our world by its throat. This refreshing book will help you breathe again.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"A fascinating combination of the technical and human stories behind the computing breakthroughs of the 1940s and ’50s . . . It demonstrates that the power of human thought often precedes determination and creativity in the birth of world-changing technology . . . An important work."

The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Dyson’s book is not only learned, but brilliantly and surprisingly idiosyncratic and strange."

The Boston Globe

Author bio: George Dyson is a historian of technology whose interests include the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka), the evolution of digital computing and telecommunications (Darwin Among the Machines), and the exploration of space (Project Orion). More information can be found here:

Book Details: Science/Technology; (432 pp. Digifabulous: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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