The Annotated Turing : A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine, Paperback Book

The Annotated Turing : A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine Paperback

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Programming 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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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  • Category: Computer science
  • ISBN: 9780470229057



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I don't consider myself dumb, but Turing's paper is something that I would never have adequately grasped without the help of an author much more dedicated than me. I found the annotations essential for understanding and for forming the connections to the history and mathematical theory that makes Turing's paper tick. I loved this book, its originality, and it's mind-broadening ability. The connection of Turing's conclusion to the diagonal argument is something I hadn't appreciated until reading this book -- brilliant.