The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing’s Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine

By | October 13, 2019
The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine Author Charles Petzold
ISBN-10 0470229055
ISBN-13 9780470229057
Year 2008-06-16
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Wiley
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Programming Legend Charles Petzold unlocks the secrets of the extraordinary and prescient 1936 paper by Alan M Turing Mathematician Alan Turing invented an imaginary computer known as the Turing Machine in an age before computers he explored the concept of what it meant to be computable creating the field of computability theory in the process a foundation of present day computer programming The book expands Turings original 36 page paper with additional background chapters and extensive annotations the author elaborates on and clarifies many of Turings statements making the original difficult to read document accessible to present day programmers computer science majors math geeks and others Interwoven into the narrative are the highlights of Turings own life his years at Cambridge and Princeton 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

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