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Reviews

  • A splendid biography of one of the most brilliant, unpredictable and ultimately dangerous mathematicians of the 20th century

    Financial Times, Best Books of the Year
  • Bhattacharya is a first-class science writer with an impeccable pedigree and he does the best job I have seen of explaining the significance of von Neumann's work across many different fields. . . If you are interested in the development in the 20th century of science that impacts all our lives today, there can be no better place to seek information than this book. . . A fine tribute to von Neumann's genius and his contributions to science

    John Gribbin, Literary Review
  • With great deftness, Bhattacharya gives John von Neumann his rightful place among such better-known giants as Albert Einstein or J Robert Oppenheimer. He tells the story tremendously well

    David Bodanis, Financial Times
  • Good biographies of some of the greatest mathematical minds are rare. . . Rather like the books of Stephen Hawking or Carlo Rovelli, this book is rewarding on different levels. . . Mr Bhattacharya is a clear and authoritative guide

    The Economist
  • Splendid . . . a whistle stop tour through von Neumann's restless mind

    Manjit Kumar, Guardian
  • An agile, intelligent, intellectually enraptured account of von Neumann's life. Bhattacharya argues convincingly that von Neumann was a man in whose extraordinarily fertile head the pre-war world found a lifeboat. Five stars

    Simon Ings, Sunday Telegraph
  • It seems fair to claim there was no one like von Neumann. . . . Bhattacharya manages to cover his dazzling range of ideas clearly and compellingly

    Jon Turney, Arts Desk
  • Brilliant. . . Apart from being one of the finest minds of the 20th century, von Neumann was also idiosyncratic and entertaining. Bhattacharya guides us through the ideas that built the modern world while making sense of the man behind them

    Nick Smith, E&T
  • An engaging and fascinating book that blends science and history. I loved it

    Paul Davies, author of The Demon in the Machine
  • John von Neumann was one of the deepest and broadest thinkers of the 20th century - but also a delight to encounter. According to one admirer, listening to him was "mental champagne". Now we have a biography of the man about which you can say the same. This is a sparkling book, with an intoxicating mix of pen-portraits and grand historical narrative. Above all it fizzes with a dizzying mix of deliciously vital ideas. The Man From The Future is a staggering achievement

    Tim Harford, author of How to Make the World Add Up

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