Jeremy Walton

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Location: Sidmouth, UK
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Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Uni&hellip by George B. Dyson
3.0 out of 5 stars Ex cathedra, 28 July 2014
Dyson tells the story of the computer developed at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, NJ between 1945 and 1951 under the direction of the Hungarian-born mathematician John von Neumann. Actually, he does much more than that in this book - in fact, practically every aspect of my first sentence is unpicked in extensive detail: a history of the Institute, the life of von Neumann, the origins of his design for the machine, its relation to contemporary efforts in computing (including its immediate predecessors the ENIAC and EDVAC at the University of Pennsylvania), the lives and careers of the other people who worked on the computer, and some of the early problems which the computer… Read more
Acoustic Classics ~ Richard Thompson
Acoustic Classics ~ Richard Thompson
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5.0 out of 5 stars For whose sake?, 25 July 2014
Richard Thompson comes at you in two configurations: electric with his band, and acoustic on his own. For this set, he adopts the latter persona and selects a dozen or so songs from his extensive back catalogue to lay down for us all. He's an accomplished acoustic guitarist, and has performed these songs countless times in his solo shows, so this is a collection of assured readings which will be of interest both to fans who - like me - already have several versions of this material, and to people who perhaps would like a gentle introduction to his art, and/or a souvenir from one of his acoustic shows (he tours extensively, and is currently playing acoustically at UK summer… Read more
A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople - From &hellip by Patrick Leigh Fermor
4.0 out of 5 stars It's better to travel, 16 July 2014
I bought this remarkable travelogue as a Christmas present for my son-in-law, who enjoyed it so much that he recommended I read it. It's an account of the adventures of a young man as he walks across Europe in the early 1930's from the Hook of Holland as far as the Czechoslovakia-Hungary border (subsequent volumes Between the Woods and the Water and The Broken Road continue his journey on to Constantinople). The author has a keen eye for details, and his memories of some of them have been reinforced by the diary he kept on the trip. But the eye is worthless without the… Read more

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