Sections
Introduction
1. A little about John von Neumann
About
ME/CFS
Introduction:
Yesterday's file is On the
endless 'war on
terror' 
and one of the reasons for my introductions is to provide context and
links  and I was occupied with
other things, and therefore have little time and energy left for
writing Nederlogs, so this is a very brief one, caused by the fact that
lately I talked with three undoubtedly intelligent and educated persons
who had not the faintest idea who John von Neumann was.
1.
A little about John von Neumann
Von
Neumann was a true mathematical genius and a child prodigy, who did
an amazing amount of original work in the 53 years that he lived. The
first two words of this paragraph are also a link to the Wikipedia
article on him, which is well done.
Even if you are not interested in the subjects he did very important
work in, such as set theory, quantum mechanics, selfreplicating
machines, game theory, functional analysis and more, the computer you
are using embodies the Von
Neumann architecture.
Anyway... in case you are interested: Here is first brief introduction
to who he was:
And there is this, that is
fairly recent, and the other reason to write this brief Nederlog, since
I hadn't found this until yesterday:
An interesting blackandwhite documentary of an hour's length, in two
parts, made in 1966, that was cosponsored by The American
Mathematical Society, and that includes important mathematicians and
physicists who knew him well including Morgenstern,
Ulam,
Bethe, Halmos, Wigner,
and Teller:
Together, it takes an hour of
your time, but then this hour will be better used than on watching
what the TV will
offer you today.

Jan
10 2013: Corrected some typos.
About
ME/CFS
(that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:

