Annotated Turing A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine

ISBN-10: 0470229055
ISBN-13: 9780470229057
Edition: 2008
Authors: Charles Petzold
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Description: This book presents Turing's original 36-page paper and a follow-up 3-page correction with background chapters and extensive annotations. Mathematical papers like Turing's are often terse and cryptic. Petzold has elaborated on many of Turing's  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This book presents Turing's original 36-page paper and a follow-up 3-page correction with background chapters and extensive annotations. Mathematical papers like Turing's are often terse and cryptic. Petzold has elaborated on many of Turing's statements, clarified his discussions, and provided numerous examples. Interwoven into the narrative are the highlights of Turing's own life: his secret work in cryptanalysis during World War II, his involvement in seminal computer projects, his speculations about artificial intelligence, his arrest and prosecution for the crime of "gross indecency," and his early death by apparent suicide at the age of 41. The book is divided into two main parts. Part I is about 200 pages in length and covers the first 600f Turing's paper, encompassing the Turing Machine and computability topics. This part of the book is entirely self-contained and will be of primary interest to most readers. Part II , contains and additional 100 pages and is a faster paced look at the remainder of Turing's paper, which involves the implications for mathematical logic.

Introduction
Foundations
This Tomb Holds Diophantus
The Irrational and the Transcendental
Centuries of Progress
Computable Numbers
The Education of Alan Turing
Machines at Work
Addition and Multiplication
Also Known as Subroutines
Everything Is a Number
The Universal Machine
Computers and Computability
Of Machines and Men
Das Entscheidungsproblem
Logic and Computability
Computable Functions
The Major Proof
The Lambda Calculus
Conceiving the Continuum
And Beyond
Is Everything a Turing Machine?
The Long Sleep of Diophantus
Selected Bibliography
Index

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