At about the same time, the theory of automata developed as an independent study, making use of closely related mathematical notions. There was those - John von Neumann, for example - who felt that the entire development was dubious and shaky at best, and probably quite misconceived, but such qualms did not go far to dispel the feeling that mathematics, technolog, and behavioristic linguistics and psychology were converging on a point of view that was very simple, very clear, and fully adequate to provide a basic understanding of what tradition had left shrouded in mystery.
Noam Chomsky, in "Languange and Mind"
Mi chiedo: mettiamo che John von Neumann avesse vissuto 100 anni, invece di 54. Dove sarebbe arrivata adesso la scienza?