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Computation and its Limits Hardcover – April 7, 2012

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"Mathematics, computer science, physics - and even biology - are now beginning to converge. This delightful book, beautifully illustrated, shows the physics of computation and the theory of computation as two sides of the same coin. We are witnessing a paradigm shift, the birth of a fruitful new interdisciplinary point of view." --Gregory Chaitin, author of Proving Darwin: Making Biology Mathematical

"This book provides a unique and important presentation of the factors that have, do and will limit the science of computation. A most stimulating, scholarly and entertaining synthesis of history, logic, mathematics and science." --Stephen Barnett, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

About the Author

Paul Cockshott was educated at McMaster , Manchester, Heriot Watt and Edinburgh Universities. He trained originally as an economist and continues to be interested in the area. He later studied computer science, obtaining PhD in the same from Edinburgh University. Cockshott has worked in industry for ICL on hardware verification and for Memex on the design of database machines and has been a research worker or lecturer at the universities of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, Glasgow and Strathclyde. He is currently Reader in Computer Science at the University of Glasgow.

Lewis M Mackenzie is a Senior Lecturer in Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. His research interests are in machine architectures and the performance modelling of communication systems. Dr Mackenzie's recently published work has involved the modelling of traffic patterns in a variety of scenarios from regular wormhole-switched multi-computer interconnects to mobile ad-hoc wireless networks (MANETs).

Greg Michaelson studied Computer Science as an undergraduate at the University of Essex (1970-73) and as a postgraduate at the University of St Andrews (1974-77), working as a real-time programmer at Scottish Gas in between. He subsequently taught Computer Studies at Napier College and Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He joined Heriot-Watt University in 1983, where he gained his PhD in 1993, was Head of Computer Science from 2003-8 and promoted to Professor in 2006. Dr Michaelson's research interests encompass formally motivated computing, in particular the design, implementation and analysis of programming languages for multi-process systems. He published his first novel in 2008.

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