John von Neumann
This celebrity goo was created by player Samir Mehta.
Scott Hardie made major changes to the clue and made major changes to the explanation provided by Samir.
publication date: Sunday, April 23, 2017 (part of Spring 2017)
clue: This Martian genius with a computer for a brain influenced nearly every field of math and science. We definitely wouldn't have war games without him.
explanation: An acclaimed polymath, von Neumann is a pioneer in dozens of fields. His contributions to quantum mechanics, nuclear research, and game theory set the stage for much of the science and policy of the Cold War. He was one of an amazing group of Hungarian scientists called "the Martians." His last book was titled The Computer and the Brain. more…
intended difficulty: hard
trivia: Scott was about to replace the "gooed" image because it was barely any different from the source image, but realized that the image was already unrepresentative of von Neumann, showing him as a child, and decided to leave it.