So many irrelevant facts it is really hard to pay attention and filter out the interesting parts... It feels like there are 100 irrelevant pieces of information for every relevant insight.
For a book called "Turing's Cathedral" you would expect Alan Turing to play at least a decent part... I'm amazed to have gotten nearly a quarter through the book and he has barely been mentioned.
Stick to the relevant facts and tell what must be a compelling story about the key players involved in creating the field of computing.
Disappointed to have used a Credit on this.
This book has real value to those interested in the history of computation. So many history of science books are thin and give the reader almost nothing, but if you are really interested in mathematics and computation you will enjoy this book.
The Narrator does a good job, not great but solid performance.
Lack of structure in the book. It switches between history and personal prognostication of the author.
Narration was fine
It is actually two books: 1) a history of computing centered around Princeton personalities, and 2) author's dabbling in computer futures
Did I just listen to that audio book, or did the audio book listen to me? Say that phrase a few hundred times and you will know what it feels like listening to 2nd half of the book.
The book starts out with a bang: with an explanation of how the atomic bomb and the computer were motivated by the same forces, with the same potential for destruction.
But it quickly gets bogged down details, instead of keeping the overall story firmly in mind. The author uncovered tons of details, and cannot resist showing them off.
I didn't even make it though the first part.
Call me a starry-eyed optimist but when I read the name Turing in the title of a book I expect a little something on computable numbers, perhaps a bit of incompleteness theorem, a little bit about Manchester, but not that a bunch of people drank around 9000 cups of tea at 5.2 cents each. I kept jumping forward with the hope of finding something interesting. I guess I chose the wrong book.
Read with conviction.
Most of them.