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*World of Mathematics* on John von Neumann

John von Neumann, considered one of the most creative mathematicians of the 20th century, made important contributions to quantum physics, **game theory**, economics, meteorology, the development of the atomic bomb, and computer design. He was known for his problem-solving ability, his encyclopedic memory, and his ability to reduce complex problems to a mathematically tractable form. Von Neumann served as a consultant to the United States government on scientific and military matters, and was a member of the Atomic Energy Commission. According to mathematician Peter D. Lax, von Neumann combined extreme quickness, very broad interests, and a fearsome technical prowess; the popular saying was, "Most mathematicians prove what they can; von Neumann proves what he wants." The Nobel Laureate physicist Hans Albrecht Bethe said, "I have sometimes wondered whether a brain like von Neumann's does not indicate a species superior to that of man."

Max and Margaret von...

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