ABSTRACT

The breathtakingly rapid pace of change in computing makes it easy to overlook the pioneers who began it all. The Universal Computer: The Road from Leibniz to Turing explores the fascinating lives, ideas, and discoveries of seven remarkable mathematicians. It tells the stories of the unsung heroes of the computer age – the logicians.

 

Leibniz's Dream.  Boole Turns Logic into Algebra.  Frege: From Breakthrough to Despair.  Cantor: Detour through Infinity.  Hilbert to the Rescue.  Godel Upsets the Applecart.  Turing Conceives of the All-Purpose Computer.  Making the First Universal Computers.  Beyond Leibniz’s Dream.