Via Michael Nielsen’s friendfeed, I am led to ACM Classic Books Series. If you’ve got ACM subscription access, some of the book are even in electronic form. Cool. I love the introduction to “The Computer and the Brain” by John von Neumann:
Since I am neither a neurologist nor a psychiatrist, but a mathematician, the work that follows requires some explanation and justification. It is an approach toward the understanding of the nervous system from the mathematician’s point of view. However, this statement must immediately be qualified in both of its essential parts.
I feel like I need to use an intro like this everytime I submit a paper to a computer science conference.