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Regular Algebra and Finite Machines

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World-famous mathematician John H. Conway based this classic text on a 1966 course he taught at Cambridge University. Geared toward graduate students of mathematics, it will also prove a valuable guide to researchers and professional mathematicians.
His topics cover Moore's theory of experiments, Kleene's theory of regular events and expressions, Kleene algebras, the differ
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Paperback, 158 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Dover Publications (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mathematically sound, but not much use to someone who is actually writing a compiler. His idea that context free languages are better studied as infinite unions of regular expressions is ridiculous. Equally pointless is his idea of an infinite state machine. The example he uses is a language that CAN be written as a single regular expression, which is certainly NOT the case in general.
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John Horton Conway is a Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University.

Often credited as "John H. Conway".