By George B. Dyson
“It is feasible to invent a unmarried laptop which might be used to compute any computable sequence,” twenty-four-year-old Alan Turing introduced in 1936. In Turing’s Cathedral, George Dyson makes a speciality of a small team of guys and girls, led via John von Neumann on the Institute for complicated examine in Princeton, New Jersey, who equipped one of many first desktops to gain Alan Turing’s imaginative and prescient of a common laptop. Their paintings might holiday the excellence among numbers that suggest issues and numbers that do things—and our universe may by no means be the same.
Using 5 kilobytes of reminiscence (the volume allotted to showing the cursor on a working laptop or computer machine of today), they completed unparalleled luck in either climate prediction and nuclear guns layout, whereas tackling, of their spare time, difficulties starting from the evolution of viruses to the evolution of stars.
Dyson’s account, either ancient and prophetic, sheds very important new mild on how the electronic universe exploded within the aftermath of worldwide warfare II. The proliferation of either codes and machines was once paralleled through ancient advancements: the deciphering of self-replicating sequences in biology and the discovery of the hydrogen bomb. It’s no accident that the main harmful and the main positive of human innovations seemed at the exact same time.
How did code take over the realm? In retracing how Alan Turing’s one-dimensional version turned John von Neumann’s two-dimensional implementation, Turing’s Cathedral deals a sequence of provocative feedback as to the place the electronic universe, now totally third-dimensional, could be heading subsequent.
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The two additional peaks at 1,037 and 1,088 cm−1 for MG and at 1,044 cm−1 for PMG corresponds to distinct C–O stretching vibrations, involving the formation of metal nanoparticles by binding C–O with different metal ions . In general RGO, the intensity of the O–H band at 3,430 cm−1 was reduced due to the de-oxygenation of the GO functionalities. For the RGO-(PMMA) nanocomposites obtained from the in situ method, the bands present at 3,420, 1,726 and 1,620 cm−1 are due to the presence of O–H, C = O and C = C groups, respectively .
A brief description about the synthesis and characterization of graphene is also included in this chapter. Since the present book deals with the applications of graphene nanocomposites in various fields of flexible and wearable electronics, we think this chapter is of much significance as electrical conductivity is the basis for graphene’s such applications. After giving an outline about the electrical properties of graphene polymer composites, the various factors affecting the conductivity such as filler aspect ratio, dispersion, modification of graphene surfaces etc.
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