[SIGCIS-Members] New CHM Lecture Online! - Marina von Neumann Whitman

Dag Spicer dspicer at computerhistory.org
Tue May 14 16:17:56 PDT 2013

Dear SIGCIS Friends,

Here is a great new lecture from CHM that is now online.



Published on May 13, 2013

[Recorded: April 29, 2013]

"How did a young Hungarian immigrant and his daughter both become leading advisors to Presidents of the United States? This richly detailed memoir not only illuminates Marina von Neumann Whitman's ground-breaking life, but sheds long-awaited new light on her father, bringing us as close as we may ever get to the autobiography that John von Neumann never had the chance to write."
—George Dyson,
author of Darwin Among the Machines,
Project Orion, and Turing's Cathedral

One of the five Hungarian scientific geniuses dubbed "the Martians" by their colleagues, John von Neumann is often hailed as the greatest mathematician of the twentieth century and even as the greatest scientist after Einstein. He was a key figure in the Manhattan Project; the inventor of game theory; the pioneer developer of the modern stored-program electronic computer; and an adviser to the top echelons of the American military establishment. In The Martian's Daughter, Marina von Neumann Whitman reveals intimate details about the famed scientist and explores how the cosmopolitan environment in which she was immersed, the demanding expectations of her parents, and her own struggles to emerge from the shadow of a larger-than-life parent shaped her life and work.

Join Museum CEO John Hollar as he moderates a conversation with Whitman about her life with her father and her remarkable rise to become the first or highest-ranking woman in a variety of areas he unfortunately did not live to see.

Dag Spicer
Senior Curator
Computer History Museum

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