Book review: The Cryotron Files, by Iain Dey and Douglas Buck

This is a fascinating, informative and occasionally frustrating book. It is concerned with the life of Dudley Buck, a pioneer in the field of computing, whose genius brought him to the attention of the National Security Agency.
It is, in some ways, a dark mirror to Francis Spufford’s Red Plenty, dealing with how the other superpower was advancing in terms of technology during the Cold War. But it also has a hook. Buck died at the age of 32, only a matter of days after a team of Khrushchev’s scientific specialists visited Buck as part of the thaw in terms of co-operation. To thicken the... read more

 
27 September 2018 in Lifestyle, Views: 44
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