Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People

Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People

by Stephen Wolfram


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579550035
Publisher: Wolfram Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/07/2016
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 825,989
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephen Wolfram has had a unique trajectory in science, technology, and business. Widely known for his discoveries in basic science and his groundbreaking 2002 book A NEW KIND OF SCIENCE, he has spent three decades building what is now the Wolfram Language, the knowledge-based computer language that powers Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, and has contributed to countless inventions and discoveries, as well as to the education of several generations of students.

Wolfram was born in London and educated at Eton, Oxford, and Caltech, earning his PhD in physics in 1979 at the age of 20. After a brief but distinguished academic career, he founded Wolfram Research in 1987, and as CEO has built it into one of the world's most respected and innovative software companies, whose products are relied on by millions of people around the world.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Richard Feynman 1

Kurt Gödel 11

Alan Turing 17

John von Neumann 25

George Boole 35

Ada Lovelace 45

Gottfried Leibniz 99

Benoit Mandelbrot 125

Steve Jobs 131

Marvin Minsky 137

Russell Towle 147

Bertrand Russell and Alfred Whitehead 151

Richard Crandall 161

Srinivasa Ramanujan 167

Solomon Golomb 211

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"A gem. Most scientists and engineers do not think of historical figures as interesting people whose life stories are relevant to their current careers. Stephen Wolfram proves that curiosity and a bit of voyeurism can help you think better today and imagine a different future for tomorrow. Even if you hate history or biographies, if you like science, you'll like this book."

Joseph Pellegrino University Professor, Harvard University - Peter Galison

"A remarkable book with flashes of insight that will engage computer scientists, physicists, historians—but also fascinate a broader public as it weaves personal stories into the deep import of how and what they calculated."

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"Stephen Wolfram is a quirky, groundbreaking genius, destined for the science pantheon. So novel are his seemingly simple ideas that it may take half a century before the public adopts them. In his lively collection of biographical essays, Wolfram takes the measure of his predecessors and peers—filtering their achievements through his unique worldview. A great read and thought-provoking fun."

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"One of the most gifted minds of our time explains, through short stories and anecdotes, how individuals fundamentally transform human thought and perspective. Profoundly humane and smart, this short volume will become a classic for those who want to understand and practice leadership. One leaves this read far smarter and far more confident in the future of humans."

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