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

Watch it on our live webcast on SFI's YouTube Page 

To Follow the live Twitter feed visit: @sfi_live or follow the Hashtag #sfi_live

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.

Events News

Shopping online this holiday season? Here's how to help the Institute while you're doing it Nov. 24, 2014 -

When you shop online this holiday season, you could also be supporting great science at the Santa Fe Institute. It's easy. Step 1: Register with AmazonSmile. Step 2: Shop ...

International workshop at SFI this week discusses data for the developing world Nov. 20, 2014 -

Experts are meeting at SFI this week to discuss ways to gather and use information about cities and their role in human development in a rapidly urbanizing world.

Happy Birthday SFI…30 years ago today, the Institute began in earnest Nov. 11, 2014 -

Thirty years ago today, on November 11, 1984, the second of SFI's two exploratory founding workshops ended and the Institute began in earnest. 

Video - Watch Sid Redner's SFI Community Lecture: 'I get all the news I need from the sports section' Nov. 5, 2014 -

In the video from an October 15 SFI Community Lecture, SFI's Sid Redner draws on sports statistics to bust a few common myths about scoring streaks, "hot hands," and ...

Apply now for SFI's 2015 Complex Systems Summer School Nov. 4, 2014 -

SFI is now accepting applications for its signature education program for graduate students and postdocs -- the 2015 Complex Systems Summer School, June 7-July 3, 2015, in Santa Fe. Apply by ...

More News