Computability: Turing, Gödel, Church, and Beyond

2015.03.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews B. Jack Copeland, Carl J. Posy, and Oron Shagrir (eds.), Computability: Turing, Gödel, Church, and Beyond, MIT Press, 2013,
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2015.03.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews B. Jack Copeland, Carl J. Posy, and Oron Shagrir (eds.), Computability: Turing, Gödel, Church, and Beyond, MIT Press, 2013, 362pp., $20.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780262527484. Reviewed by Andrew Arana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Aix-Marseille University It would be no exaggeration to say that computation changed the world in the twentieth century. Implicated in nearly all contemporary technology, today's computers empower so-called "intelligent systems" to negotiate the world of human reasoners, even driving cars. At the root of all these advances is computation, and in particular, the pioneering work of Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing in the 1930s. This work and its legacy is the focus of the volume under review. A reader of this volume will acquire a broad acquaintance with the history of the theory of computation in the twentieth century, and with ways in which this theory will continue to develop in. . .

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