[SIGCIS-Members] Handwritten "First Draft" in Dyson's book?

Chuck House housec1839 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 11:00:47 PDT 2015

George Dyson has given a number of talks about this book, the process by
which it was written, and the sources.  A key set of sources were
available from family and friends, previously unaccessed.  My strong hunch
re your question is that "lots of the unreferenced information" is of this
type.  My understanding (or maybe inferred belief) is that much of this
material is in process of being given to (or maybe has been given to) the
Princeton libraries, but it likely is not yet indexed, catelogued, or
assentioned, which could account for your difficulty in locating some of

I am pretty sure that Dyson's contact info is available via the Computer
History Museum.  Dag?

Best regards,
Chuck House

On 9/1/15 7:56 AM, "Members on behalf of Mai Sugimoto"
<members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org on behalf of nix.pura at gmail.com> wrote:

>Dear SIGCIS members:
>I found George Dyson's book, Turing's Cathedral (2012), seems to show
>the original hand-written version of the "First Draft" (probably?) in
>a picture page, which is on 13 pages after p.136. Since the caption
>says the picture is from Princeton University Libraries, I contacted
>archivists of the Libraries to access the manuscript. But the
>archivists answered they cannot find any material like the picture
>within the collection or elsewhere in related collection. I also asked
>to the IAS Library, but they cannot find anything, either. Then, as
>the archivists suggested, I contacted the publisher to send a message
>to Mr. Dyson. They told me just a forwarding address, so I sent a
>regular mail to Mr. Dyson in last February to make sure of the
>location of the manuscript.
>I have not received the reply yet. I am stranded. Does anyone know
>contact information of Dyson, or have any idea about the picture on
>the book or the original hand-written version of the draft? My
>colleagues and I have been working of a Japanese translation of von
>Neumann's original paper. Dyson's book is very interesting, but it
>seems to have a lot of unreferenced information, so my collaborators
>and I think that we should be careful to handle this book in the
>bibliographical comments.
>Mai Sugimoto
>Associate Professor
>Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University
>3-3-35, Yamate-cho, Suita-shi
>Osaka, Japan 564-8680
>msgmt at kansai-u.ac.jp
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