John von Neumann was one of the most influential mathematicians who ever lived. Though he was almost as famous as Einstein in his day, his name had, until recently, faded from view. When he, caricatured as the coldest of cold warriors, is remembered, it is largely for his legendary feats of mental gymnastics. In a 30-minute talk, author Ananyo Bhattacharya will gallop through some of von Neumann’s incredible ideas, demonstrating why his legacy is omnipresent in our lives today.

Ananyo Bhattacharya is chief science writer at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences. During his 15-year career in journalism, he has worked as a senior editor at NatureChemistry World, and Research Fortnight, and as a community editor and science correspondent for The Economist. He is the author of The Man from the Future, an intellectual biography of John von Neumann.

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