This week I had the pleasure of speaking with author Ananyo Bhattacharya about his recent book ‘The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann’. We talk about von Neumann’s upbringing in Budapest, his years pursuing two degrees in two different universities simultaneously, his work in Göttingen, admiration of Gödel, relationship with Turing, work on game theory, contributions to the Manhattan Project, fascination with computing and much much more.
I thoroughly enjoyed both our conversation and the book, which I join many others in highly recommending for anyone interested in the history of mathematics. The book is available everywhere, including Amazon*, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Target, Walmart and so on. There are also audio- and e-book versions available, e.g. via Amazon*.
Ananyo is an accomplished writer who has worked at both Nature and The Economist and holds a Ph.D. in biophysics. You can follow him on Twitter @ananyo.
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John von Neumann: The Man from the Future (2022)