- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; Reprint edition (July 15, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805071660
- ISBN-13: 978-0805071665
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 26.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New Turing Omnibus: Sixty-Six Excursions in Computer Science Paperback – July 15, 1993
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“Wonderfully concise discussions . . . full of wit . . . It is nearly the perfect book for the noncomputer scientists who want to learn something about the field.” ―Nature
“Recommended as a general topics source for anyone interested in computer science. Dewdney's use of unusual and practical examples and illustrations to explain the material makes his very readable prose even better.” ―Choice
“A useful book of worthwhile diversions.” ―Computer Books Review
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A. K. Dewdney teaches computer science at the University of Western Ontario.
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The 66 excursions cover a lot of ground, but often return to Turing machines, finite-state machines, and NP-completeness problems. I might have enjoyed more on algorithm analysis, computer languages, and game analysis. Additionally there are new topics since this 1992 publication, such as quantum computing, Bioinformatics, Internet related topics on virus and encrypting, and a raft of social questions including privacy. I hope the "Turing omnibus" refuels for another update.
Dewdney is the greatest Canadian writer.
I will say - it is not for the layman. I think you would have to have a CS background, or at least a good math background to grasp many of the concepts.