Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata

John von NEUMANN

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VON NEUMANN ON AUTOMATA, FIRST EDITION

NEUMANN, John von. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata. Edited and Completed by Arthur W. Burks. Urbana and London: University of Illinois Press, 1966. Octavo, original olive cloth, original dust jacket.

First edition of von Neumann’s important contribution to computer design.

John von Neumann has been called “one of the last people able to span the fields of pure and applied mathematics,” with contributions to quantum physics, meteorology, hydrodynamics, topology, logic, and computer science. In the last years of his life, von Neumann expanded upon his work on computers to include the theory of automata, “in a kind of synthesis of his early interest in logic and his later work on computers… As usual he brought remarkably new ideas in the approach to solutions of these problems and must be considered one of the founders of a flourishing new mathematical discipline” (DSB). Owner signature.

An exceptional copy in fine condition.

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