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Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Post by MikeB » Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:47 am

An article written by Alex regarding his chess program in 1958.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tpnrylkdr5ahd ... 9.pdf?dl=1

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Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Post by Gerd Isenberg » Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:54 am

Sergei S. Markoff wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:13 am
Finally I've got some progress! :)

McCorduck, P. (2004). Machines who think: a personal inquiry into the history and prospects of artificial intelligence (2. Edition). London: A.K. Peters. // https://books.google.ru/books?id=aH9QAAAAMAAJ
Great finding!

Pamela McCorduck was married to Joseph F. Traub, whose academic successors were important figures in computer chess history...

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Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Post by Sergei S. Markoff » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:36 am

MikeB wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:47 am
An article written by Alex regarding his chess program in 1958.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tpnrylkdr5ahd ... 9.pdf?dl=1
Thank you!
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Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Post by Sergei S. Markoff » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:39 am

Gerd Isenberg wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:54 am
Great finding!

Pamela McCorduck was married to Joseph F. Traub, whose academic successors were important figures in computer chess history...
The most intriguing part from my point of view is "his flagging interest in mathematics revived by a kind woman who had known his father, a well-known European mathematician". Who was his father?.. Benjamin Abram Bernstein [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Abram_Bernstein]? Felix Bernstein [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Ber ... ematician)]? I found no links to son named Alex in their biography...
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Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Post by Gerd Isenberg » Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:37 pm

Sergei S. Markoff wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:39 am
The most intriguing part from my point of view is "his flagging interest in mathematics revived by a kind woman who had known his father, a well-known European mathematician". Who was his father?.. Benjamin Abram Bernstein [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Abram_Bernstein]? Felix Bernstein [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Ber ... ematician)]? I found no links to son named Alex in their biography...
Bernstein is quite common surname. Mathematics Genealogy Project has 46 Bernstein records, but no one seem to fit. I guess it is not Sergei Natanovich Bernstein?

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Re: The mystery of Alex Bernstein

Post by Sergei S. Markoff » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:57 pm

Gerd Isenberg wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:37 pm
Sergei S. Markoff wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:39 am
The most intriguing part from my point of view is "his flagging interest in mathematics revived by a kind woman who had known his father, a well-known European mathematician". Who was his father?.. Benjamin Abram Bernstein [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Abram_Bernstein]? Felix Bernstein [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Ber ... ematician)]? I found no links to son named Alex in their biography...
Bernstein is quite common surname. Mathematics Genealogy Project has 46 Bernstein records, but no one seem to fit. I guess it is not Sergei Natanovich Bernstein?
Definitely no. He should be:
1) Bernstein (?)
2) Well-known European mathematician (well, part of Russia is Europe, but I think if he was from Russia than he would be "russian mathematician", not european).

Felix Bernstein is a good candidate. He was a well-known european mathematician and also he lived in USA for more than 10 years. But the only option here is if Alex was his extramarital son...
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