The Annotated Turing

Author: Charles Petzold, Alan Turing
Paperback: 372 pages
ISBN: 9780470229057
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In 1936 Alan Turing published a 36 page paper entitled "On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem". It is widely acknowledged that this paper was one of the corner stones in the development of the digital computer. Unfortunately for most of us the paper is almost unreadable. In this brilliant book Charles Petzold expands the 36 page paper into a 372 page explanation making the paper accessible to a much wider audience. Should be compulsory reading for any computer scientist.