Welcome to the Thinking Machine blog. The blog is named in honor of Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, nicknamed The Thinking Machine. Van Dusen is a fictional detective created by Jacques Futrelle as somewhat of an American version of Sherlock Holmes. Futrelle described Van Dusen as: ““The Thinking Machine”—Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, Ph. D., F. R. S., M. D., LL. D., et cetera, et cetera—logician, analyst, worker of miracles in the exact sciences, intellectual wizard of his time; this the master mind, exalted by the cumulative genius of generations gone before, which had isolated itself on a pinnacle of achievement through sheer force of applied reason.” in the story titled “Five Millions by Wireless“.
As much as I enjoy Futrelle’s stories about The Thinking Machine, they will not be the focus of this blog. In fact, there will be no focus to this blog. Rather, it will be a collection of observations, thoughts, rants, and links about topics that I find interesting. Thus, the best way to navigate this blog is to click on the names of categories that are of interest.
I can be reached at thinkingmachineblog AT gmail DOT com.