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John von Neumann

John von Neumann bust at JSCJohn von Neumann bust by the artist Gabriela Bollobas
Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich

By naming the new centre John von Neumann Institute for Computing, the Research Centre Jülich and the German Electron Synchrotron Foundation acknowledge John von Neumann's great scientific achievements in computer science and mathematics and his effective impact on computer applications. The broad spectrum of his scientific interests addressed very different fields of science and ranged from automata and game theory through quantum mechanics up to hydrodynamics and ballistics. There is no doubt that his visit and speech at the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences at the invitation of Leo Brandt, State Secretary and founder of the Research Centre Jülich, in September 1954 profoundly influenced the organization of mathematics and computing at the Research Centre Jülich founded in 1956.

Literature

  • N. Macrae: John von Neumann, New York, 1992
  • N.A. Vonneuman: John von Neumann: as seen by his brother, Meadowbrook, PA, 1987
  • Wikipedia entry on John von Neumann
  • Ulf Hashagen, Johann Ludwig Neumann von Margitta (1903-1957) Teil 1: Lehrjahre eines jüdischen Mathematikers während der Zeit der Weimarer Republik
    Informatik-Spektrum, Volume 29, Issue 2, Apr 2006, Pages 133 - 141, DOI 10.1007/s00287-006-0072-1
  • Ulf Hashagen, Johann Ludwig Neumann von Margitta (1903-1957) Teil 2: Ein Privatdozent auf dem Weg von Berlin nach Princeton
    Informatik-Spektrum, Volume 29, Issue 3, Jun 2006, Pages 227 - 236, DOI 10.1007/s00287-006-0084-x

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