This book of thoroughly engaging essays from one of today s most prodigious innovators provides a uniquely personal perspective on the lives and achievements of a selection of intriguing figures from the history of science and technology Weaving together his immersive interest in people and history with insights gathered from his own experiences, Stephen Wolfram gives an ennobling look at some of the individuals whose ideas and creations have helped shape our world today.From his recollections about working with Richard Feynman to his insights about how Alan Turing s work has unleashed generations of innovation to the true role of Ada Lovelace in the history of computing, Wolfram takes the reader into the minds and lives of great thinkers and creators of the past few centuries and shows how great achievements can arise from dramatically different personalities and life trajectories Contents Preface Richard Feynman Kurt G del Alan Turing John von Neumann George Boole Ada Lovelace Gottfried Leibniz Benoit Mandelbrot Steve Jobs Marvin Minsky Russell Towle Bertrand Russell and Alfred Whitehead Richard Crandall Srinivasa Ramanujan Solomon Golomb...
|Title||:||Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People|
|Number of Pages||:||102 Pages|
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Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People Reviews
The general public is usually supplied by books on mathematical scientists written by "science communicators" and other outside observers--the worst by far being the academic historians of science. Their books are like reviews of comparative squid ink recipes written by anorexics, or descriptions of the Loire Valley by visually impaired travel writers. They are well written, which masks the BS. The descriptions focus on "interesting" traits of the personalities; scientists are discussed as if they were partaking of spectator sports. This fellow "was the best...", this fellow "was the first to...", "Einstein made a big blunder", etc.
This book is not for you if your are annoyed by that wonderfully egocentric Stephan Wolfram! HIs book is full of fascinating insights about how science evolves from the point of view of one of todays most hard-working and creative scientists and innovators. Serious historians of science will be interested in Wolfram's first-hand observations of major mathematical physicists, and needing to challenge to their preconceived interpretation of the history of science. However, they will need to add their own citations to use it for further academic work. This is a great book to put into the car so that you can have an amusing and stimulating read while waiting for your spouse to complete a shopping errand. If this is your purpose, then the chapters are each of the perfect length. Go ahead, buy it! It is cheap, thoughtful, and terrific fun. It is also an inexpensive and an effective therapy for those of us whom are endowed--rightly or wrongly--with a massive ego!
This book was a wonderful read. I was specially looking forward to Wolfram's stories about Feynman, S.W having known him in a personal capacity. However, the story about Feynman was the same as the one he posted on his online notes that I read a while ago - so I was reasonably disappointed...but with every other chapter I got the satisfaction of reading equally engrossing new stories of people Wolfram had the good fortune of knowing. The one's he happened not to share the same time period as - Liebniz, Ramanujan etc - had chapters written about them that were surprisingly intimate and very original considering these figures have had one biography after another written about them.