search for books and compare prices
cover image
Behind Deep Blue: Building the Computer That Defeated the World Chess Champion
Price
Store
Arrives
Preparing
Shipping
The price is the lowest for any condition, which may be new or used; other conditions may also be available. Rental copies must be returned at the end of the designated period, and may involve a deposit.
Jump down to see edition details for: Hardcover | Paperback
Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Publication date January 26, 2004
Pages 320
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780691118185
ISBN-10 0691118183
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1 lbs.
Original list price $41.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

On May 11, 1997, as millions worldwide watched a stunning victory unfold on television, a machine shocked the chess world by defeating the defending world champion, Garry Kasparov. Written by the man who started the adventure, Behind Deep Blue reveals the inside story of what happened behind the scenes at the two historic Deep Blue vs. Kasparov matches. This is also the story behind the quest to create the mother of all chess machines. The book unveils how a modest student project eventually produced a multimillion dollar supercomputer, from the development of the scientific ideas through technical setbacks, rivalry in the race to develop the ultimate chess machine, and wild controversies to the final triumph over the world's greatest human player.


In nontechnical, conversational prose, Feng-hsiung Hsu, the system architect of Deep Blue, tells us how he and a small team of fellow researchers forged ahead at IBM with a project they'd begun as students at Carnegie Mellon in the mid-1980s: the search for one of the oldest holy grails in artificial intelligence--a machine that could beat any human chess player in a bona fide match. Back in 1949 science had conceived the foundations of modern chess computers but not until almost fifty years later--until Deep Blue--would the quest be realized.


Hsu refutes Kasparov's controversial claim that only human intervention could have allowed Deep Blue to make its decisive, "uncomputerlike" moves. In riveting detail he describes the heightening tension in this war of brains and nerves, the "smoldering fire" in Kasparov's eyes. Behind Deep Blue is not just another tale of man versus machine. This fascinating book tells us how man as genius was given an ultimate, unforgettable run for his mind, no, not by the genius of a computer, but of man as toolmaker.




Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780691090658
 
from Princeton Univ Pr (September 1, 2002)
9780691090658 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $45.00
Paperback
Book cover for 9780691118185
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Princeton Univ Pr (January 26, 2004)
9780691118185 | details & prices | 320 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $41.95
About: On May 11, 1997, as millions worldwide watched a stunning victory unfold on television, a machine shocked the chess world by defeating the defending world champion, Garry Kasparov.

Pricing is shown for items sent to or within the U.S., excluding shipping and tax. Please consult the store to determine exact fees. No warranties are made express or implied about the accuracy, timeliness, merit, or value of the information provided. Information subject to change without notice. isbn.nu is not a bookseller, just an information source.