Camp 2007 - 1.01

Chaos Communication Camp 2007
To infinity and beyond

Constanze Kurz
Marcus Richter
Jochen Koubek
Kai Kittler
Day 4
Room Shelter Foo
Start time 00:30
Duration 01:00
ID 2001
Event type Lecture
Track Culture
Language English

Proof by Erasure

The Life of John von Neumann

John von Neumann is considered one of the greatest and most influential mathematicians of the 20th century, one of the men who invented computers. This audio feature captures his life in a live spoken-word visual performance.

Dr. John von Neumann, a witty, plump Hungarian, was a brilliant mathematician, a computer pioneer, and the founder of game theory whom nobody hesitated to call a genius. He was known as great fun at parties, once drank fifteen vodka martinis in a single evening as a kind of experiment.

But he also brought the first computers to Los Alamos, and his machines were promptly put to work on calculations of implosion. Von Neumann made important contributions to the development of the atomic and hydrogen bomb, calculated that implosion was indeed feasible. The legendary scientist became a consultant, served on the Atomic Energy Commission from 1954 to his death 1957.