John von Neuman’s Daughter Speaks at SFI

Marina von Neumann Whitman

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute presents The Martian’s Daughter: A Memoir, a talk by Marina von Neumann Whitman, at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe. The event is free and open to the public.

One of the five Hungarian scientific geniuses dubbed “the Martians” by their colleagues, John von Neumann is often hailed as the greatest mathematician of the twentieth century and even as the greatest scientist after Einstein.

John von Neumann was a key figure in the Manhattan Project; the inventor of game theory; the pioneer developer of the modern stored-program electronic computer; and an adviser to the top echelons of the American military establishment.

In The Martian’s Daughter, Marina von Neumann Whitman reveals intimate details about the famed scientist and explores how the cosmopolitan environment in which she was immersed, the demanding expectations of her parents, and her own struggles to emerge from the shadow of a larger-than-life parent shaped her life and work.