This month’s Physics World offered a thorough review of a newly published biography on the 20th century polymath John von Neumann. It’s accessible to Year 13 students and certainly undergraduates. Indeed, it would look good on a UCAS personal statement for physics degrees or similar! Here’s an excerpt:

von Neumann helped to lay the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics…helped to design the world’s first programmable electronic digital computer…visionary thinker in artificial intelligence