[SIGCIS-Members] Request for biographies

Jeffrey Yost yostx003 at umn.edu
Thu Sep 3 11:16:46 PDT 2020

Hi Troy,

Bill Aspray's *John von Neumann and the Origins of Modern Computing*, a
deeply insightful and path breaking work of scholarship, in large part a
biography, and much more. Andrew Hodges *Alan Turing: The Enigma*.  Leslie
Berlin's *The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of
Silicon Valley* is a great bio on this influential physicist, engineer, and
entrepreneur in IT.  (And sticking with  the Fairchild, Intel and Silicon
Valley theme...) Arnold Thackray, David Brock, and Rachel Jones' *Moore's
Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary*.
 Agree what others have said on Waldrop's *The Dream Machine*, an excellent
book by this top science journalist. And I very highly recommend Hunter's
excellent biography on Herbert Simon.

Best, Jeff

  The Man behind the Microchip : Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon
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On Thu, Sep 3, 2020 at 6:31 AM Troy Astarte <Troy.Astarte at newcastle.ac.uk>

> Dear SIG-CIS,
> What is your favourite biography of a scientist or mathematician? I’m
> particularly interested in modern subjects and those who worked in
> computing/computer science. Ideally the book would cover the subject’s work
> in a reasonable level of technical detail as well as their life and the
> broader context in which they lived and worked.
> I ask because I am considering applying for funding for an essentially
> biographical project on a computer scientist and I would like to read some
> (more) biographies first.
> Best,
> Troy Astarte
> School of Computing
> Newcastle University
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