In this classic work, one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century explores the analogies between computing machines and the living human brain. John von Neumann, whose many contributions to science, mathematics, and engineering include the basic organizational framework at the heart of today's computers, concludes that the brain operates both digitally and analogically, but also has its own peculiar statistical language.
First published in 1961, this work is a compendium of essays written by esteemed economist Sir Alexander Cairncross, pertaining to the theme of economic development. A wide cross-section of factors are taken into account in this extensive collection of articles, amongst which are the importance of investment and technical progress; trade;…
In his foreword to this new edition, Ray Kurzweil, a futurist famous in part for his own reflections on the relationship between technology and intelligence, places von Neumann’s work in a historical context and shows how it remains relevant today.
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