The annotated Turing: a guided tour through Alan Turing's historic paper on computability and the Turing machine

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Wiley Pub., May 30, 2008 - Computers - 372 pages
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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 Turing’s original 36-page paper with additional background chapters and extensive annotations; the author elaborates on and clarifies many of Turing’s 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 Turing’s 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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User Review  - jcopenha - LibraryThing

Loved it. A wonderful treatment of a ground breaking piece of mathematics. Mr. Petzold does a great job of walking you through the tough parts of Turing's paper with understandable examples. I felt ... Read full review

Shows background of wonderful computing science

User Review  - programer - Borders

Far more in this book by gifted author Petzold than can be mentioned in a review. Petzold tries to take reader back behind he scenes of where science/ engineering first come from. The computer age ... Read full review


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