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Arto Salomaa : Mathematician, computer scientist, and teacher, a thematic biography

Author: Jukka Paakki
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2019.
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This book outlines the scientific career of Arto Salomaa, a pioneer in theoretical computer science and mathematics. The author first interviewed the subject and his family and collaborators, and he then researched this fascinating biography of an intellectual who was key in the development of these fields. Early chapters progress chronologically from Academician Salomaa's origins, childhood, and education to his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Paakki, Jukka.
Arto Salomaa: Mathematician, Computer Scientist, and Teacher.
Cham : Springer, ©2019
Named Person: Arto Salomaa; Arto Salomaa
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jukka Paakki
ISBN: 9783030160494 3030160491
OCLC Number: 1122919205
Description: 1 online resource (302 pages)
Contents: Intro; Preface; Contents; Professorś Son; (Great) Grandparents; Jalmari Salomaa, Father and Professor; Aili Salomaa, Mother and Volunteer; Sirkka Salomaa, Sister and Headmistress; Pentti Salomaa, Brother and Professor; Salomaa Coat of Arms: From Possibility to Reality; Child and Youngster in Turku, Finland; Brahenkatu and Albatross; The Skeleton Gang; Primary Schools and the Classic; Master and Doctor of Science; The American Wonderland 1956-1957; The Thesis on Many-Valued Logic; Family Man; Master of Many-Valued Logic; n-Valued Sheffer Functions; Prehistory of Automata and Formal Languages Father of Formal LanguagesThe Turku School; Algebra of Regular Expressions; Probabilistic Automata; Western Ontario, Canada; Theory of Automata; Formal Languages; Jewels of Formal Language Theory; Books, Books, Books; Champion of L; Tarzan and Bolgani; Growth Functions; The Mathematical Theory of L Systems; Aarhus, Denmark; President of EATCS; Turku ICALP; Mister President; MSW; Prizes Named After Great Mathematicians; Master of Formal Power Series; The French School; Automata-Theoretic Aspects of Formal Power Series; Semirings, Automata, Languages; Waterloo, Canada; Champion of Cryptography Pioneer of Finnish CryptographyComputerized Ballots; Invasion of Romanians; Public-Key Cryptography; Master of Biocomputing; DNA Computing; Membrane Computing; Genetic Computing; Reaction Systems; Academician, One of the Twelve; A Manś Age; Formal Conferral of Degrees; Retirement; Academician; All-Round Grand Champion; Handbook of Formal Languages; Computational Complexity; Slender Languages; Parallel Grammars; Parikh Matrices; State Complexity of Automata; Yesterday Once More: Many-Valued Logics; Fields of Gold: Automata and Formal Languages; Champion of Sauna, Master of Music and Sports Classical MusicThe Sauna; Spectator Sports; Äijä: The Great Grandfather; Grandfather and Great Grandfather; Äijä and the Folks; Q.E.D.; Appendix A: References and Suggested Reading; Appendix B: PhDs Supervised by Arto Salomaa; Appendix C: Textbooks and Handbooks by Arto Salomaa; Index
Responsibility: Jukka Paakki.

Abstract:

This book outlines the scientific career of Arto Salomaa, a pioneer in theoretical computer science and mathematics. The author first interviewed the subject and his family and collaborators, and he then researched this fascinating biography of an intellectual who was key in the development of these fields. Early chapters progress chronologically from Academician Salomaa's origins, childhood, and education to his professional successes in science, teaching, and publishing. His most impactful direct research efforts have been in the areas of automata and formal languages. Beyond that he has influenced many more scientists and professionals through collaborations, teaching, and books on topics such as biocomputing and cryptography. The author offers insights into Finnish history, culture, and academia, while historians of computer science will appreciate the vignettes describing some of the people who have shaped the field from the 1950s to today. The author and his subject return throughout to underlying themes such as the importance of family and the value of longstanding collegial relationships, while the work and achievements are leavened with humor and references to interests such as music, sport, and the sauna.

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