Science History Writer to Discuss Digital/Analog Connection Wednesday

April 07, 2014

Best-selling author George Dyson will give a talk, “From Analog to Digital and Back: The View From 1946,” at the University of Virginia on Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Nau Hall, room 101.

The main difference between analog and digital signals is that an analog signal is continuous and a digital signal is discrete. Analog technologies record waveforms as they are, while digital technologies convert analog signals into numbers.

Son of the renowned physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson, George Dyson is a writer of science history. His 2012 best-seller, “Turing’s Cathedral,” describes the personalities, engineering and social forces behind the rapid development of computers in the mid-20th century.

The event is sponsored by U.Va.’s mathematics, computer science and history departments.

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