[SIGCIS-Members] Debunking the myth of individual genius

Barbara B Walker bbwalker at unr.edu
Thu Oct 22 08:41:58 PDT 2020

Hi, everybody,

Hope everyone is safe and well.

Here is an article on the importance of looking beyond the mythologies and cults of genius in the history of science and tech.


However, I would argue that in computer history as everywhere else in the history of science and tech, debunking is not enough – we must understand the reasons, cultures and process of cult-formation and myth-making that plays such an influential role in our understanding of the past. That’s something I’m exploring in an article on John von Neumann that I recently submitted for publication review (“Creation Myths”). Am also looking at the formation of political personality cults in a seminar I am teaching this semester.

Barbara Walker

Barbara Walker
Associate Professor
Department of History/308
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557

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