Santa Fe Institute

Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

Community Event

November 06, 2013
7:30 PM
James A. Little Theater

Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

The two most powerful technologies of the 20th century – the nuclear bomb and the computer – were developed in New Mexico at the same time and by the same group of young people. But while the history of the Manhattan Project has been well told, the origin of the computer is relatively unknown. In his book Turing’s Cathedral, historian George Dyson (who grew up among these proto-hackers in Princeton, New Jersey) tells the story of how Alan Turing, John von Neumann, and a small band of other geniuses not only built the computer but foresaw the world it would create.

George Dyson is an author and historian of technology whose publications broadly cover the evolution of technology in relation to the physical environment and the direction of society.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank

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Purpose: Community Event

SFI Host: Ginger Richardson

  • * SFI community lectures are free, open, & accessible to the public.
  • * Seminars & colloquia are geared for scientists but free & open to the interested public.
  • * All other SFI events are by invitation only.
  • * Note: We are unable to accommodate members of the public for SFI's limited lunch service; you're welcome to bring your own.

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