John von Neumann: The Real Dr. Strangelove

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John von Neumann, a Hungarian mathematician who became American after the war, shaped the 20th century and, unbeknownst to us, continues to shape the early 21st century.

Although unknown to the general public, he has left traces behind him everywhere – in the sciences, but also in cinema, where he served as a model for Stanley Kubrick's two mythical characters, Dr. Strangelove and HAL, the computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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