Understanding Computation

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, 2013-05-31, 332 pages

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Understanding Computation: From Simple Machines to Impossible Programs

Finally, you can learn computation and programming language design in an engaging, practical way. Understanding Computation explains theoretical science in a context you’ll recognize, helping you appreciate why these ideas matter and how they can inform your day-to-day programming.

Rather than use notation or an unfamiliar academic programming language like Haskell or Lisp, this book uses Ruby in a reductionist manner to present formal semantics, automata theory, and functional programming with the lambda calculus. It’s ideal for programmers versed in modern languages, with little or no formal in .

  • Understand fundamental computing concepts, such as Turing completeness in languages
  • Discover how programs use dynamic semantics to communicate ideas to machines
  • Explore what a computer can do when reduced to its bare essentials
  • Learn how universal Turing machines led to today’s general-purpose computers
  • Perform complex calculations, using simple languages and cellular automata
  • Determine which programming language features are essential for computation
  • Examine how halting and self-referencing make some computing problems unsolvable
  • Analyze programs by using abstract interpretation and type

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Just Enough Ruby

Part I: Programs and Machines
Chapter 2. The Meaning of Programs
Chapter 3. The Simplest Computers
Chapter 4. Just Add Power
Chapter 5. The Ultimate Machine

Part II: Computation and Computability
Chapter 6. Programming with Nothing
Chapter 7. Universality Is Everywhere
Chapter 8. Impossible Programs
Chapter 9. Programming in Toyland

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  • Title: Understanding Computation
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  • Length: 332 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
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  • Publication Date: 2013-05-31
  • ISBN-10: 1449329276
  • ISBN-13: 9781449329273
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