Modern Perspectives in Applied Mathematics: Theory and Numerics of PDEs

John von Neumann: The Early Years, The Years at Los Alamos and the Road to Computing

Peter Lax

New York University


My twin aims are to paint a picture of the fertility, power and sweep of von Neumann’s mind, and to describe how his ideas and actions shaped the future. Today, nearly 60 years after his death, he looms larger than ever as the prophet of the age of computers.