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Physical computation : a mechanistic account

Author: Gualtiero Piccinini
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : PaperbackView all editions and formats
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Gualtiero Piccinini articulates and defends a mechanistic account of concrete, or physical, computation. A physical system is a computing system just in case it is a mechanism one of whose functions is to manipulate vehicles based solely on differences between different portions of the vehicles according to a rule defined over the vehicles. Physical Computation discusses previous accounts of computation and argues  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gualtiero Piccinini
ISBN: 9780198801160 0198801165 9780199658855 0199658854
OCLC Number: 1091025178
Notes: Originalår: 2015
Description: ix, 313 siser
Contents: Acknowledgements Introduction 1: Towards an Account of Physical Computation 2: Mapping Accounts 3: Semantic Accounts 4: Pancomputationalism 5: From Functional Analysis to Mechanistic Explanation 6: The Ontology of Functional Mechanisms 7: The Mechanistic Account 8: Primitive Components of Computing Mechanisms 9: Complex Components of Computing Mechanisms 10: Digital Calculators 11: Digital Computers 12: Analog Computers 13: Parallel Computers and Neural Networks 14: Information Processing 15: The Bold Physical Church-Turing Thesis 16: The Modest Physical Church-Turing Thesis Epilogue: The Nature of Computation Appendix: Computability Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Gualtiero Piccinini

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Computation permeates our world, but a satisfactory philosophical theory of what it is has been lacking. Gualtiero Piccinini presents a mechanistic account of what makes a physical system a computing  Read more...

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Piccinini's discussion is a notable contribution that offers a bounty of insights into computation and computing practice. All philosophers interested in computation must read this highly informative Read more...

 
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