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# Engines of Logic: Mathematicians & the Origin of the Computer

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Computers are ubiquitous yet to many they remain objects of irreducible mystery. This text looks at the question of how today's computers can perform such a variety of tasks if computing is just glorified arithmetic. The author illustrates how the answer lies in the fact that computers are essentially engines of logic and that their hardware and software embody concepts de
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Published
September 1st 2001
by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published October 1st 2000)

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*little*formal training in mathematics.

This book is a whirlwind tour of mathematical ideas and people that led to the birth of the digital computer. Startin ...more

This book is an essential prerequisite for anyone studying theory of computation. From the vision of Leibniz to reduce all computation to a set of axioms and build upon them to Hilbert who pushed for buildin ...more

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Martin Davis, a notable logician who work for (and with) very notable mathematicians and scientists, writes about the relationship amongst math, logic, and computation.

He surveys the lives and achievements of thinkers from Leibniz and Babbage to von Neumann and Turing and discusses what these ideas mean for modern computing.

The Universal Computer is a rather quick read, with the biographical content being particularly brisk, and there are points where some readers may like more detail, but this ...more

He surveys the lives and achievements of thinkers from Leibniz and Babbage to von Neumann and Turing and discusses what these ideas mean for modern computing.

The Universal Computer is a rather quick read, with the biographical content being particularly brisk, and there are points where some readers may like more detail, but this ...more

I can't imagine anyone but a computer-dork like me would find this interesting. Kinda like Rush…for books. But if you're into this sort of thing, it's worth picking up.

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There are many people already commented on the contents of this book. Here I want to talk about how and why I picked up this book, or how the hell this book interests me in the first place.

So I was learning and reading how to write programs and getting familiar with several programing languages, then what intricate me most is how similar all those so called programing languages are and in a way they all follow certain patterns, like they all hav ...more

The Universal Computer will show you who are the fathers of modern computing: how their lives where; their science, ideas, and how each one put a piece on the puzzle that was finally solved by Alan Turing.

All in all, this serves as a good reference manual for anyone interested in computer science, information theory and to some degree cognitive science.

I think the ' Subjects-in-sequence ' approach is an attemp ...more

While the book is astute as a histo ...more

[My thanks to Graham Birtwistle for lending me his copy ...more

If you are not tech minded, or don' ...more

This book is a model of popular scientific writing.

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