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  • Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Dyson
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    In the 1940s and '50s, a group of eccentric geniuses - led by John von Neumann - gathered at the newly created Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Their joint project was the realization of the theoretical universal machine, an idea that had been put forth by mathematician Alan Turing. This group of brilliant engineers worked in isolation, almost entirely independent from industry and the traditional academic community. But because they relied exclusively on government funding, the government wanted its share of the results....

    Monte Johnston says: "Needed an editor"
    "A little too much information (of the wrong type)"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Turing's Cathedral?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about George Dyson’s story?

    See above.


    What three words best describe Arthur Morey’s performance?

    Read with conviction.


    What character would you cut from Turing's Cathedral?

    Most of them.


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