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John von Neumann: The man from the future

Join science writer Ananyo Bhattacharya as he takes us on a whistle-stop tour through mathematician John Von Neumann’s restless mind

John von Neumann with the stored-program computer at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, in 1945 Credit: Getty
John von Neumann with the stored-program computer at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, in 1945 Credit: Getty

Event description

Born in Budapest at the turn of the 20th century, John von Neumann is one of the most influential scientists to have ever lived. From the Manhattan Project to the first ever programmable digital computer, his fingerprints are all over our modern world.

In this talk, Ananyo Bhattacharya will explore how a combination of genius and unique historical circumstance allowed a single man to sweep through so many different fields of science, sparking revolutions wherever he went.

Copies of Ananyo's book 'The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann' are available from Amazon and all good book shops.

Event type

This is a livestream event where the speaker and audience come together online. 

About the speaker

Ananyo Bhattacharya holds a PhD in physics from Imperial College London, and has worked as a science correspondent at the Economist, an editor at Nature, and a medical researcher at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in San Diego, California. He lives in London.

Timing

The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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