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Author Cockshott, W. Paul, 1952-
Title Computation and its limits / Paul Cockshott, Lewis M. Mackenzie, Gregory Michaelson.
Imprint Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.

Author Cockshott, W. Paul, 1952-
Subject Mathematics -- Data processing.
Numerical analysis.
Electronic data processing.
Computer science.
Alt Name Mackenzie, L. M.
Michaelson, Greg, 1953-
Description 1 online resource (vi, 239 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. What is computation? -- 3. Mechanical computers and their limits -- 4. Logical limits to computing -- 5. Heat, information, and geometry -- 6. Quantum computers -- 7. Beyond the logical limits of computing? -- 8. Hypercomputing proposals.
Summary "Computation and its Limits is an innovative cross-disciplinary investigation of the relationship between computing and physical reality. It begins by exploring the mystery of why mathematics is so effective in science and seeks to explain this in terms of the modelling of one part of physical reality by another. Going from the origins of counting to the most blue-skies proposals for novel methods of computation, the authors investigate the extent to which the laws of nature and of logic constrain what we can compute. In the process they examine formal computability, the thermodynamics of computation and the promise of quantum computing"--Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780191627002 (electronic bk.)
0191627003 (electronic bk.)
9780199640324 (cloth)
0199640327 (cloth)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613624604
OCLC # 778106271
Additional Format Print version: Cockshott, W. Paul, 1952- Computation and its limits. Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012 9780199640324 (DLC) 2011945375 (OCoLC)761379949



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