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Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science

Models of Computation

An Introduction to Computability Theory

Authors: Fernández, Maribel

  • Provides an in-depth analysis of the basic concepts underlying the models of computation that underpin the most well-known families of programming languages

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An Introduction to Computability Theory provides an introduction to the essential concepts in computability, using several models of computation, from Turing machines to the modern computation models inspired by quantum physics. It is addressed to advanced undergraduate students, as a complement to programming courses, or to postgraduate students interested in foundations of computation and the theory of computability.

There are two parts in the book. The first highlights the traditional models of computation used in the first studies on computability:

- Automata and Turing Machines;

- Recursive functions and the Lambda-Calculus;

- Logic-based computation models.

The second part covers object-oriented and interaction-based models, and includes a chapter on concurrency and a chapter on emergent models of computation inspired by quantum mechanics and systems biology.

At the end of each chapter there is a list of exercises, solutions to selected exercises are provided in the final chapter of the book. The book gives an in-depth analysis of the basic concepts underlying each model of computation. It privileges the understanding of the basic techniques and their relationships over simply describing their properties.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The focus of this relatively short book is on newer object-oriented and interaction-oriented models, including recent work in quantum computing and systems biology. … the book is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. … Each chapter starts by clearly indicating what will be covered and ends with a series of exercises. … the book as a whole is extremely well written. Definitions are clearly stated … . Each model of computation is precisely defined, and the examples are clear and to the point." (K. Harrow, ACM Computing Reviews, September, 2009)

“It is a pleasure to see a book which takes a different approach to computer theory. … This short book can be used for a one-term course … . A valuable primer for students of programming languages. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.” (P. Cull, Choice, Vol. 47 (3), November, 2009)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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eBook $34.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-84882-434-8
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Softcover $49.95
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  • ISBN 978-1-84882-433-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Models of Computation
Book Subtitle
An Introduction to Computability Theory
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84882-434-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84882-434-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84882-433-1
Series ISSN
1863-7310
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 184
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