It is the best sorting algorithm though. It is the most elegant, no weird edge cases, and stable.
This part is intriguing: > In his Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata (published posthumously in 1966), von Neumann went even further, describing the conditions under which, with no more than eight parts (four structural and four dedicated to logical operations), complex creatures could emerge capable of executing any type of computation and even of replicating themselves.
Von Neumann machines are a fun part of science fiction. The phrase "Hegemonic swarm" from Iain Banks comes to mind.
After Von Neumann the world might have produced several other geniuses, but the amount of knowledge required to excel in so many different fields is now so huge that I can't think of any such person.
> "In 1950 Life magazine quoted the great Hungarian-American physicist John Von Neumann, co-father of both the atom bomb and the digital computer, advocating immediate pre-emptive nuclear war against Russia: “If you say why not bomb them tomorrow, I say why not today? If you say today at 5 o’clock, I say why not one o’clock?” He was hardly alone. Generals and members of Congress were making the same arguments..."
The fact that all this is getting swept under the rug in this article, as well as in the obviously habiographic bibliographical treatment that it references, doesn't bode well for the future of scholarly historical research in the USA. Past treatments were far more balanced.