This is a wonderful book. Petzold does a line by line exegesis of Turing’s 1936 paper on computability, explaining the historical and mathematical background, and showing illustrative examples. The book is probably most interesting to computer programmers, but would also be of interest to anyone interested in mathematics or the history of computer technology. Having attempted to read Turing’s paper several years ago, I found that this book really closed my gaps in understanding.



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  • Title: The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing’s Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine
  • Author: Charles Petzold
  • Published: 2008
  • ISBN: 0470229055
  • Buy: Amazon search
  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 5.0 stars