John von Neumann


Dr. John Von Neumann (right) stands with Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer in front of an early computer.  Bettman/Contributor/Getty Images
Dr. John Von Neumann (right) stands with Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer in front of an early computer. Bettman/Contributor/Getty Images

One man and his incredible intellect affected so many different disciplines. From game theory to computers to the Manhattan Project, von Neumann and his remarkable abilities helped shape the 20th century.

Holly's Research:

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  • Schaefer, Jim. “Marina Whitman discusses the legacy of her father, John von Neumann, in her memoir.” YouTube. Dec. 22, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UekP-XIKRrQ
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Topics in this Podcast: Physics, math, biographies, World War II, wwii, nuclear weapons, science history, 20th century, Manhattan Project