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  1-10 of 49 Reviews about "Biographies/Autobiographies (A.0...)": Date Reviewed
  F. A. Hayek: economics, political economy and social philosophy
Boettke P.,  Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, 2019. 323 pp. Type: Book (978-1-137411-59-4)

Understanding and modeling complex phenomena, including businesses, requires abstraction: “the process of suppressing irrelevant detail to establish a simplified model, or the result of that process” [1]. As noted by F. A. Hayek, the p...

Jul 13 2020
  Ewa Orłowska on relational methods in logic and computer science
Golińska-Pilarek J., Zawidzki M.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2018. 502 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319978-78-9)

Today’s world seems to have little use for the grand traditions of yesteryear. All too often that means discarding the baby with the bathwater. In academia, a case in point is the festschrift. German for “festival of writing,” th...

Sep 3 2019
   Harmonies of disorder: Norbert Wiener: a mathematician-philosopher of our time
Montagnini L.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 307 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319506-56-2)

Norbert Wiener was one of the great geniuses of the 20th century. Harmonies of disorder is a brilliant biography that carefully details every aspect of Wiener’s background and contributions without using any equations, making it acce...

Jan 3 2018
  Leonhard Euler: mathematical genius in the Enlightenment
Calinger R.,  Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2015. 696 pp. Type: Book (978-0-691119-27-4)

In the pantheon of great mathematicians, Leonhard Euler (1707-1783) is one of the supreme deities. It is not possible even to outline his accomplishments within the word limit of this review. Euler was the founding father of the calculus of variat...

Sep 8 2016
  Intertwingled: the work and influence of Ted Nelson
Dechow D., Struppa D.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2015. 150 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319169-24-8)

Over 40 years ago (1974), the computing world got a glimpse of the future with the publication of a very peculiar book--really two books in one, bound back-to-back with each side showing its front cover. It was author Ted Nelson’s Co...

Apr 29 2016
  Smarter than their machines: oral histories of pioneers in interactive computing
Cullinane J.,  Association for Computing Machinery and Morgan & Claypool, New York, NY, 2015. 133 pp. Type: Book

This is a book culled from the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota, featuring question-and-answer interview sessions with computing pioneers. It is, as a result, a work derived from archives but published to be read by a wider...

Jan 13 2016
  The life and work of Leon Henkin: essays on his contributions
Manzano M., Sain I., Alonso E.,  Birkhäuser Basel, New York, NY, 2014. 351 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319097-18-3)

This collection of papers, along with biographical information, on the logician Leon Henkin includes reminiscences from students of Henkin and of Alfred Tarski about the help provided by Henkin. The account by Benjamin Wells (a student of Tarski f...

Jul 23 2015
  Robert Recorde: Tudor polymath, expositor and practitioner of computation
Williams J.,  Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2011. 288 pp. Type: Book (978-0-857298-61-4)

Robert Recorde was an English mathematician who lived in the first part of the 16th century. Since his work predates most computing devices, Recorde belongs in the history of computing only in the very broadest sense, that is, if we include applie...

Mar 8 2012
  Riding the waves: a life in sound, science, and industry
Beranek L.,  The MIT Press, 2008. 256 pp. Type: Book (9780262026291)

According to this biography, Leo Beranek was an acoustician, technology pioneer, and living example of the American dream. Born in Iowa in 1914, he experienced the Great Depression as a teenager, and worked to pay for his studies. Using his entire...

Feb 3 2009
  Dark hero of the information age: in search of Norbert Wiener the father of cybernetics
Conway F., Siegelman J.,  Basic Books, Inc., New York, NY, 2006. 423 pp. Type: Book (9780465013715)

A child prodigy; a brilliant, absent-minded, eccentric professor; the father of cybernetics; a humanist; a rebel; and a fragile unsung hero--these are all titles that describe Norbert Wiener. Describing him in this way, however, does injustic...

Oct 31 2007
 
 
 
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