John von Neumann

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John von Neumann

John von Neumann in the 1940s
Born December 28, 1903(1903-12-28)
Budapest, Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy
Died February 8, 1957(1957-02-08) (aged 53)
Washington, D.C., United States
Residence United States
Nationality Hungarian, American
Fields Mathematics

John von Neumann (December 28. 1903 – February 8. 1957) was a Hungarian-American mathematician and physicist who made contributions to many fields including:

He is generally regarded as a prodigy, polymath and one of the most important mathematicians of the 20th century.[1]

He was a member of a group called the 'Martians'. They were Hungarian immigrants to the US of extraordinary intellect. Others people in this group were Edward Teller, Paul Erdős, Leó Szilárd and Eugene Wigner.

Noteworthy work[change | change source]

  1. His textbook on quantum mechanics is one of the first on this topic.
  2. His game theory is considered one of the most important tools in competitive strategic management and is also of high importance in biosciences.
  3. He is the designer of the Von-Neumann architecture, which is basic to nearly all computers today.
  4. He was one of the first proponents of artificial intelligence. He proposed the idea of self replicating machines. This is why a machine that can replicate itself is now commonly referred to as a 'Von Neumann machine'.
  5. With Stanislav Ulam, he did some of the most important calculations in the Manhattan project.
  6. He worked at the Institute of Advanced Studies the same time as Albert Einstein, Kurt Gödel and Robert Oppenheimer
  7. Best selling song "Love me again".

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