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Turing : a novel about computation

Autor: Christos H Papadimitriou
Editorial: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2003] ©2003
Edición/Formato:   Libro : Ficción : Inglés (eng)Ver todas las ediciones y todos los formatos
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"Our hero is Turing, an interactive tutoring program and namesake (or virtual emanation?) of Alan Turing, World War II code breaker and father of computer science. In this unusual novel, Turing's idiosyncratic version of intellectual history from a computational point of view unfolds in tandem with the story of a love affair involving Ethel, a successful computer executive, Alexandros, a melancholy archaeologist,  Leer más
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Género/Forma: Didactic fiction
Love stories
Fiction
Persona designada: Alan Mathison Turing; Alan Mathison Turing
Tipo de material: Ficción
Tipo de documento: Libro/Texto
Todos autores / colaboradores: Christos H Papadimitriou
ISBN: 0262162180 9780262162180
Número OCLC: 51879767
Descripción: 284 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Responsabilidad: Christos H. Papadimitriou.

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The world of computation according to Turing, an interactive tutoring program, as told to star-crossed lovers; a novel.  Leer más

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"... inventively interwoven with a romance and intellectual mystery." Sally Abbott San Francisco Chronicle "What's most delightful about Turing is the charmed glow that Papadimitriou's prose sheds Leer más

 
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