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1. A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin | |
Paperback: 240
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(2007-09-18)
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Amazingly Brilliant
Waste of time
A Madman Dreams of Turin Machines
A Serious Look at Uncertainty
Not easy writing fiction - - |
2. The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine by Charles Petzold | |
Paperback: 384
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(2008-06-16)
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Editorial Review Product Description 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. Customer Reviews (12)
Rich and surprisingly accessible
A 10 year quest to understand Turing's paper ends here
Interesting...
excellent!
A difficult but rewarding book |
3. The Universal Turing Machine: A Half-Century Survey (Computerkultur) | |
Paperback: 611
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(1995-05-01)
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4. Turing and the Universal Machine: The Making of the Modern Computer (Revolutions of Science) by Jon Agar | |
Paperback: 106
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(1997-04-23)
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Editorial Review Product Description Turing, widely hailed as the man instrumental in breaking the Nazi Enigma code, is also regarded as the father of the modern computer. In this book, Jon Agar tells the fascinating history of the appearance of the universal machine: from the work of Charles Babbage in the 1820s and 30s, and the data-sorting nightmare of the 1890 American Census, to Turing’s formulation of a ‘computing machine’ designed to solve an infamous mathematical problem of his day, and his later explorations into Artificial Intelligence. Spurred on by the imperatives of the Second World War, the first commercial electronic computer was built in 1951 and nicknamed the ‘Blue Pig’. Yet Turing did not live long enough to celebrate its success. A victim of Cold War paranoia, his prosecution for homosexuality led to a severing of his connections with the British secret service, and shortly after to his suspected suicide in 1954. Setting events in a rich historical context, Turing and the Universal Machine makes the development of the computer readily understandable but no less remarkable. Customer Reviews (7)
Excellent read for at least some, hopefully all
Fine, as far as it goes
Profound Ideas
A good primer for the topic at hand
Eccentric history of the modern computer Whew! You can't do justice to all this in a 150 page paperback, and he doesn't. But the book is well-written and travels down some less-traveled roads, so it's a fun read for computer folk. ... Read more |
5. Turing Machines with Sublogarithmic Space (Lecture Notes in Computer Science) by Andrzej Szepietowski | |
Paperback: 115
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(1994-09-29)
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6. Machines, Computations, and Universality: 5th International Conference, MCU 2007, Orleans, France, September 10-13, 2007, Proceedings (Lecture Notes in ... Computer Science and General Issues) | |
Paperback: 325
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(2007-10-03)
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Editorial Review Product Description This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Machines, Computations, and Universality, MCU 2007, held in Orleans, France, September 10-13, 2007. The 18 revised full papers presented together with 9 invited papers were carefully reviewed and selected. The topics include Turing machines, register machines, word processing, cellular automata, tiling of the plane, neural networks, molecular computations, BSS machines, infinite cellular automata, real machines, and quantum computing. |
7. The Equivalence of Elementary Particle Theories and Computer Languages: Quantum Computers, Turing Machines, Standard Model, Superstring Theory, and a Proof that Godel's Theorem Implies Nature Must Be Quantum by Stephen Blaha | |
Paperback: 164
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(2005-04-20)
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Editorial Review Product Description Description of OLD Edition (this web page):This breakthrough book establishes deep connections between elementary particle theories such as the Standard Model and Superstring theories, and computer languages such as Assembly language, C, and C++ suitably extended. It also proves, for the first time, that the universe must be quantum in nature based on Godel’s celebrated theorem (that there are statements in any non-trivial mathematical deductive system that cannot be proved or disproved.) Therefore all attempts at building a deterministic fundamental theory of physics (such as Bohm’s theory) are unacceptable. Some of the New Results described in this book are: It proves that Gödel’s Theorem implies that the ultimate theory of Nature must be a quantum theory. It cannot be deterministic. This proof may be regarded as the first result of a meta-physics that describes the nature and limitations of physical theories just as metamathematics describes the nature and limitations of mathematical deductive systems. The definition of quantum and classical probabilistic, non-deterministic Chomsky-like grammars. There appear to be two general types of probabilistic, non-deterministic grammars. A map between Quantum Grammars and the elementary particle Standard Model. Particles form the alphabet; Lagrangian interaction terms define quantum probabilistic production rules. A map between Quantum Computers and Superstring Theories. Inductively deduces a SuperString formalism from a polycephalic Quantum Computer formalism with the processor and memory forming the Fermion sector and the tape heads forming the boson sector. A map between Gödel numbers and the "space" of elementary particle Lagrangians is developed. A quantum computer formulation of Assembly language and the C language capable of extension to other computer languages such as C++, Java and Pascal. A suggestion that quark confinement might be the result of quarks being non-terminal symbols in quantum Turing Machine implementations of elementary particle theories. |
8. La Machine de Turing by Turing, Girard | |
Paperback: 174
Pages
(1995-05-10)
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9. Fast algorithms: A multitape Turing machine implementation by Arnold Schonhage | |
Hardcover: 297
Pages
(1994)
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10. COSMOS AND CONSCIOUSNESS: Quantum Computers, SuperStrings,Programming, Egypt, Quarks, Mind Body Problem, and Turing Machines (Volume 2) by Stephen Blaha | |
Paperback: 292
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(2003-04-29)
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Editorial Review Product Description Cosmos and Consciousness presents a simple idea with potentially profound implications not only for Science but also for Philosophy. It develops a new foundation, at both a popular, and a technical level, for current fundamental theories of elementary particles, the Standard Model and SuperString Theory. Both of these theories can be placed on a quantum computer language foundation. The idea: elementary particles such as electrons, quarks and so on can be viewed as the "letters" or symbols of a cosmic alphabet, or cosmic code, in a computer grammar (language). A new view of reality emerges from this perspective: the universe is one "tremendous" word. This new theoretical basis is consistent with all known physical experiments and theory. Cosmos and Consciousness explores this challenging idea showing how fundamental physics theories can be based on quantum computer languages, and incidentally developing many new features of Quantum Computers. A Quantum Computer is a type of computer that is based on quantum mechanics. One of its most important features is that "computations" take place probabilistically. A quantum computation does not have one result or answer; there is a spectrum of results with each result having a certain quantum probability of being produced by the Quantum Computer. When two particles collide, as they do in particle accelerators, a "particle" Quantum Computer produces a spectrum of possible output particle states - each with its own probability of being produced. The obvious analogy of "the universe as a word" to religious and philosophical concepts such as the "Word" leads to a comparison of this view with parallel ideas in these disciplines. It brings Science to a startling similarity with the religious concept of the Word - a concept that is not only Christian but is also prominent in Judaism, and was prominent even earlier in the Ancient Egyptian religion 5000 years ago. With the universe reduced to a word - structured by the laws of physics - and matter reduced to symbols the book shows the insubstantiality of the universe in its most fundamental parts. Human Consciousness is similarly insubstantial. So Cosmos and Consciousness then analyzes human Consciousness and shows it can be viewed as a classical probabilistic computer. A classical probabilistic computer is similar to a Quantum Computer with the main practical difference being that its probabilities are not quantum but classical in origin. The author shows that the relation between consciousness and the brain is analogous to the relation of a personal computer Windows display and the computer's brain - the chips and electronics. The computer display normally shows no evidence of the electronics generating it just as consciousness shows no evidence of the brain electronics that it is based on. The book develops "Personified Physics" - an extension of the conventional idea of the quantum mechanical observer to include other aspects of Consciousness such as Free Will. The result is a unified view of Man and the universe. Man (i.e. intelligent life) is implicit in the most fundamental laws of Physics. Along the way many interesting side topics are explored such as communication with other semi-intelligent earth species, communication with aliens through Project SETI, the nature of communication and language, the origin of symbols such as the Egyptian ankh in natural phenomena, and the nature of physical theories. The book has many parts that can be easily handled by the non-technical reader. One interesting chapter presents astronomical and archaeological data (obtained during the author's trip to Egypt) suggesting the ankh hieroglyphic may have originated in a giant Megacomet that appeared in the skies of Egypt between 7,000 and 10,000 years ago. This book should be of interest to the layman, archaeologists, physicists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and students of Consciousness. The style is simple, clear, easy reading except for some technical chapters. The book presents frontier results in a way that should appeal to many readers. Customer Reviews (4)
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What a disappointment!
Exciting New View of the Universe The book overflows with exciting new ideas. The presentation is clear and easy to read. At times the book gets technically challenging-the author proves his points-not just vague verbal assertions without proof. This book is the only attempt that I am aware of that tries to present original new scientific ideas for the first tome together with a popular discussion of these ideas. In addition to providing solid science, it is a significant contribution to the ongoing discussion of Science and Religion.
Consciousness - A Natural Part of the Universe I found Dr. Blaha's concept of the universe and man's place in the universe consistent with what we know today.It leaves one feeling that we are naturally part of the universe and that consciousness should be a common phenomenon throughout the universe (that is, that other conscious beings would exist). ... Read more |
11. Turing's Connectionism: An Investigation of Neural Network Architectures by Christof Teuscher | |
Paperback: 256
Pages
(2001-10-25)
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Editorial Review Product Description In this book, Christof Teuscher analyzes all aspects of Turing's "unorganized machines". Turing himself also proposed a sort of genetic algorithm to train the networks. This idea has been resumed by the author and genetic algorithms are used to build and train Turing's unorganized machines. Teuscher's work starts from Turing's initial ideas, but importantly goes beyond them. Many new kinds of machines and new aspects are considered, e.g., hardware implementation, analysis of the complex dynamics of the networks, hypercomputation, and learning algorithms. Customer Reviews (1)
Turing's neural networks and genetical search |
12. Turing and the Computer: The Big Idea by Paul Strathern | |
Paperback: 112
Pages
(1999-04-20)
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Editorial Review Product Description Author Paul Strathernsets Turing's accomplishments in their historical context. He startswith the long prehistory of the computer--its roots in devices such asthe abacus, the slide rule, and Charles Babbage's remarkablysophisticated 19th-century "difference engine." Strathern then movesdeftly through the great mathematical debates that led to Turing'sformulation of the abstract "universal computing machine" in themid-1930s. The author also lucidly presents Turing's contributions toturning that abstraction into a concrete mechanism, beginning withTuring's work on the Colossus machine, which cracked Germany's secretcodes during World War II. Strathern conveys with equal vividnessthe haunted private side of Turing's life--his furtive homosexuality,his difficult relationships, and his conviction in the early '50s oncharges of indecency, a not-so-private scandal that apparently led tohis suicide. The book owes its rich detail to the work of pioneeringTuring biographer Alan Hodges, and Strathern graciously acknowledgesthe debt. But the accomplishment of packing Turing's big life and bigideas into such a compact package is entirely Strathern'sown. --Julian Dibbell Customer Reviews (5)
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Nice biography, but not technical enough Unfortunately, the mathematical and technical stuff in the book are only described very vaguely - I did not understand how the Enigma code was cracked, or how the proofs concerning computability worked. I am not quite sure whether the author understood what he was writing about.
Nice biography, but not technical enough Unfortunately, the mathematical and technical stuff in the book are only described very vaguely - I did not understand how the Enigma code was cracked, or how the proofs concerning computability worked. I am not quite sure whether the author understood what he was writing about.
A good appetizer |
13. Informatique fondamentale: DE LA MACHINE DE TURINg aux ordinateurs modernes (ISR, Interdisciplinary systems research) (French Edition) by BIANCO | |
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(1979-01-01)
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14. Turing's World 3.0 for the Macintosh: An Introduction to Computability Theory/Book and Disk (Csli Lecture Notes) by Jon Barwise, John Etchemendy | |
Hardcover: 123
Pages
(1993-08)
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15. Ad Infinitum... The Ghost in Turing's Machine: Taking God Out of Mathematics and Putting the Body Back In. An Essay in Corporeal Semiotics by Brian Rotman | |
Paperback: 224
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(1993-09-01)
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Mammalian Mathematics
Absolutely brilliant alternative to Platonism |
16. Turing Machine: Turing Completeness, Non-Deterministic Turing Machine, Langton's Ant, Universal Turing Machine, Post-turing Machine | |
Paperback: 212
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(2010-09-15)
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17. Alan Turing: Turing Machine, Church-turing Thesis, Turing Award, Turing Test, History of the Church-turing Thesis, Banburismus | |
Paperback: 174
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(2010-09-15)
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18. Wolfram's 2-State 3-Symbol Turing Machine: Stephen Wolfram, Turing Machine, Universal Turing Machine,Vaughan Pratt, Linear Bounded Automaton, Turing ... Turing Completeness, Rule 110, Tag System | |
Paperback: 136
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(2010-02-04)
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19. Formal Methods: Turing Machine, Finite-State Machine, Set Theory, Lambda Calculus, Boolean Satisfiability Problem, Automated Theorem Proving | |
Paperback: 524
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(2010-09-15)
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20. Theoretical Computer Science: Algorithm, Turing Machine, Computation, Formal Language, Lambda Calculus, Quantum Computer, Idempotence, Closure | |
Paperback: 560
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(2010-09-15)
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