The computer and the brain is an unfinished book by mathematician john von neumann begun shortly before his death and first published in 1958 von neumann was an important figure in computer science and the book discusses how the brain can be viewed as a computing machine. The computer and the brain is the last published work by von neuman and was an attempt to bring together what was known about the machine qualities of the brain and what the machines of 1957 might one day be able to accomplish. The computer and the brain is a record of a lecture series that von neumann delivered at yale university in 1957 in these lectures von neumann set out to explore connections between computing hardware and their biological counterparts brains. Since i am neither a neurologist nor a psychiatrist but a mathematician the work that follows requires some explanation and justification it is an approach toward the understanding of the nervous system from the mathematicians point of view however this statement must immediately be qualified . This book represents the views of one of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century on the analogies between computing machines and the living human brain john von neumann concludes that the brain operates in part digitally in part analogically but uses a peculiar statistical language unlike that employed in the operation of man made computers
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