is a historian of technology whose interests include the development and redevelopment of the Aleut kayak, the evolution of digital computing and telecommunications, and the exploration of space. He is the author of Baidarka: The Kayak, (Alaska Northwest Book 1986), Darwin Among the Machines: The Evolution Of Global Intelligence (Perseus Books, 1997), and Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship (Henry Holt and Co., 2002). He is currently writing a book based on the confluence of people, technology, and ideas surrounding the Electronic Computer Project at the Institute for Advanced Study from 1945-1958 (a creation myth for the digital universe). Dyson says John von Neumann jump-started the computer revolution by bringing engineers into a den of mathematicians, rather than by bringing mathematicians into a den of engineers.
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