Wednesday, February 27, 2008

madman dreams of turing machines

Just finishing this fine book
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines
by Janna Levin - lovely description of
Vienna coffee houses and mad math circle with Goedel
and also nicely captures early turing existence in Sherborne
school and in Cambridge pre-war, lying in Shepp's Green
thinking of unravelling a chess board into a tape,
and thence into a store and fsms and all the rest



Ian Brown said...

Wow - you mean Turing was the John the Baptist of Pastafarianism?!

jon crowcroft said...

we can discuss this in the Jeremy Bentham pub tomorrow over a pint of warm ale or cold wit you:)