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# Turing's Vision: The Birth of Computer Science

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In 1936, when he was just twenty-four years old, Alan Turing wrote a remarkable paper in which he outlined the theory of computation, laying out the ideas that underlie all modern computers. This groundbreaking and powerful theory now forms the basis of computer science. In

*Turing's Vision*, Chris Bernhardt explains the theory, Turing's most important contribution, for the ...more## Get A Copy

Hardcover, 208 pages

Published
May 13th 2016
by MIT Press

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*Gödel, Escher, Bach*, but GEB is over 800 discursive pages.

*Turing's Vision*is a short translate of Turing's key paper "On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem". Turing paper conclusively proved a key result in mathematics, that some questions cannot be answered "yes" or "no", but will drift in infinite indeterminability. And second, his model of a simple machine with states and an infinite memory provided a conceptual design for the first universal computers ...more

A clear explanation of the overall goals of early 20th century mathematicians is provided as well. So, by th ...more

This is a slightly technical book, so you need to have some basic maths if you want to make the most out of it. The book goes into a number of proofs, some of them by contradiction. Basic logic and set theory might be enough to understand this book.

Some of the interesting topics treated in this book are:

- What are the connect ...more

Most people know Alan Turing as the code-breaker, who shorted the WWII ...more

The author seems to propose as his thesis that he will be explaining Turing's ground breaking paper, providing all the necessary background information (and more). With the side-topics and the cumulative nature of the background informat ...more

That being said, I do have a CS background, and do not think I would have been able as nicely without it. But given the difficulty of the topic, Bernhardt does a fanta ...more

Since it covers some complicated topics, more advanced math skills are necessary. However, the author explains everything in an accessible way, so with a little patience it is possible to understand even the most difficult concepts.

(This is not a biography).

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Very enjoyable for the layperson!

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