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The Birth of AI (1956)
The Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence was an academic workshop sometimes considered to be the founding moment for artificial…
Apr 28
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Jørgen Veisdal
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The Great Purge (1933)
“If the dismissal of Jewish scientists means the annihilation of contemporary German science, then we shall do without science for a few years!” — Adolf…
Apr 15
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Jørgen Veisdal
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The Birth of the Institute for Advanced Study (1930)
"A first-rate research institution with no teachers, no students, no classes, only researchers protected from the vicissitudes and pressures of the…
Aug 26, 2022
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Jørgen Veisdal
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The Beautiful Life of John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr (1928-2015). was born in Bluefield, West Virginia in 1928. He died in a car crash in New Jersey on the 23rd of May…
Mar 23, 2022
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Nash's Bargaining Problem (1950)
Just before John Nash made his breakthrough discovery of the Nash equilibrium, he wrote his first paper on another problem later to be known as Nash’s…
Dec 3, 2021
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Jørgen Veisdal
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Can We Survive Technology? — John von Neumann (1955)
“Present awful possibilities of nuclear warfare may give way to others even more awful. After global climate control becomes possible, perhaps all our…
Oct 31, 2021
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Jørgen Veisdal
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The Martians of Budapest
The Martians of Budapest”, sometimes referred to as simply “The Martians” is a colloquial term used to describe a group of prominent Hungarian…
Oct 2, 2021
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Jørgen Veisdal
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Oskar Morgenstern's Transformation (1925-38)
Unlike his collaborator John von Neumann (1903-57), economist Oskar Morgenstern (1902-77)’s name today remains synonymous with more-or-less a single…
Aug 27, 2021
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Jørgen Veisdal
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The Mathematical Center of the Universe
Around the same time as Kronecker obtained his doctorate, Gauss’ star pupil Riemann also transferred to Berlin, where he stayed for two years before…
Aug 8, 2021
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Jørgen Veisdal
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The Duties of John von Neumann’s Assistant in the 1930s
"The job entailed such onerous duties that only someone with an iron constitution could survive. My constitution, it so happened, was not made by iron…
Jul 10, 2021
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Jørgen Veisdal
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The Unparalleled Genius of John von Neumann
By the time of his death in 1957 at the modest age of 53, the Hungarian polymath had not only revolutionized several subfields of mathematics and…
May 19, 2021
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John von Neumann’s Minimax Theorem (1928)
“As far as I can see, there could be no theory of games … without that theorem … I thought there was nothing worth publishing until the Minimax Theorem…
Mar 26, 2021
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