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ISBN: 0387982698Издательство: Copernicus Books
Imagine being able to ask Newton about falling apples or Euclid about his personal vision of geometry. In Out of their Minds, readers will hear the Newtons and Euclids of the computer age as they talk about their discoveries in information technology that have changed forever the way we live, work, and think about the world. Based on interviews by freelance writer Cathy Lazere and the expertise of computer scientist Dennis Shasha, Out of their Minds introduces readers to fifteen of the planet's foremost computer scientists, including eight winners of the Turing Award, computing's Nobel Prize. The scientists reveal themselves in fascinating anecdotes about their early inspirations and influences, their contributions to computer science, and their thoughts on its explosive future. These are the programmers whose work helps architects walk through virtual buldings, engineers manage factories, and cartoonists animate movie monsters. These are the mathematicians who invented many...