Bill Gates’s recent visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory highlighted an intersection of scientific themes that had their origins in the era of the Manhattan Project.
Science historian George Dyson’s book, Turing’s Cathedral, narrates the collaborative relationships among luminaries of Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study and the scientists devoted to making the atom bomb at Los Alamos at the end of World War II. The ferment of scientific discovery and military urgency shaped what Dyson labeled, in the subtitle of his book, “the origins of the digital universe.”
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