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I remember pouring over the first few pages of A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and thinking how science would become so interesting to study if we added the real stories behind discoveries, inventions, discoverers and inventors. The story of the birth of the modern computer is one such fascinating story. However, that’s only one part of this article; the article is about Walter Pitts, who along with Warren McCulloch, laid the foundations of cybernetics and artificial intelligence. It is also about how a brilliant scientific mind destroyed itself with despair and alcohol.

http://nautil.us/issue/21/information/the-man-who-tried-to-redeem-the-world-with-logic

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