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    DescriptionProgramming 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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    Title
    The Annotated Turing
    Subtitle
    A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Charles Petzold
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780470229057
    ISBN 10: 0470229055
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    LC classification: QA267 .P48 2008
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    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    John Wiley & Sons Ltd
    Publication date
    16 June 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Chichester
    Author Information
    English mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) is the author of the 1936 paper "On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem" that introduced the imaginary computer called the Turing Machine for understanding the nature and limitations of computing. His famous 1950 article "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" introduced the Turing Test for gauging artificial intelligence. American writer Charles Petzold (1953-) is the author of the acclaimed 1999 book Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software , a unique exploration into the digital technologies of computers. He is also the author of hundreds of articles about computer programming, as well as several books on writing programs that run under Microsoft Windows. His Web site is www.charlespetzold.com.
    Back cover copy
    Before digital computers ever existed, Alan Turing envisioned their power and versatility...but also proved what computers could never do.In an extraordinary and ultimately tragic life that unfolded like a novel, Turing helped break the German Enigma code to turn the tide of World War II, later speculated on artificial intelligence, fell victim to the homophobic witchhunts of the early 1950s, and committed suicide at the age of 41. Yet Turing is most famous for an eerily prescient 1936 paper in which he invented an imaginary computing machine, explored its capabilities and intrinsic limitations, and established the foundations of modern-day programming and computability.This absorbing book expands Turing's now legendary 36-page paper with extensive annotations, fascinating historical context, and page-turning glimpses into his private life. From his use of binary numbers to his exploration of concepts that today's programmers will recognize as RISC processing, subroutines, algorithms, and others, Turing foresaw the future and helped to mold it. In our post-Turing world, everything is a Turing Machine -- from the most sophisticated computers we can build, to the hardly algorithmic processes of the human mind, to the information-laden universe in which we live.
    Table of contents
    Introduction. Part I: Foundations. Chapter 1: This Tomb Holds Diophantus. Chapter 2: The Irrational and the Transcendental. Chapter 3: Centuries of Progress. Part II: Computable Numbers. Chapter 4: The Education of Alan Turing. Chapter 5: Machines at Work. Chapter 6: Addition and Multiplication. Chapter 7: Also Known as Subroutines. Chapter 8: Everything Is a Number. Chapter 9: The Universal Machine. Chapter 10: Computers and Computability. Chapter 11: Of Machines and Men. Part III: Das Entscheidungsproblem. Chapter 12: Logic and Computability. Chapter 13: Computable Functions. Chapter 14: The Major Proof. Chapter 15: The Lambda Calculus. Chapter 16: Conceiving the Continuum. Part IV And Beyond. Chapter 17: Is Everything a Turing Machine? Chapter 18: The Long Sleep of Diophantus. Selected Bibliography. Index.