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Dyson to speak on digital computing, Oct. 5

Author George Dyson will present a lecture titled "Barricelli's Universe: Digital Computing in Princeton, 1945-58" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in McCosh 10 as part of the University's Public Lectures Series.

Dyson is the son of Freeman Dyson, professor emeritus of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study. George Dyson, a Director's Visitor at the institute in 2002-03, will present material illustrating the highlights of hardware and software development at the institute led by John von Neumann. He will emphasize some pioneering work in computational biology by geneticist Nils Aall Barricelli in which the institute took the lead.

A boat designer, writer and historian of technology, Dyson's interests have ranged from the development and redevelopment of the Aleut kayak ("Baidarka," 1986) to the evolution of digital computing and telecommunications ("Darwin Among the Machines," 1997) and nuclear bomb-propelled space exploration ("Project Orion," 2002). He teaches at Western Washington University.

Dyson's talk is designated as the Walter E. Edge Lecture and will be available for online viewing a week after the event.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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