On Computable Numbers

In 1936, in his famous paper ‘On Computable Numbers,’ Alan Turing announced, ‘It is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence,’ and then showed how – at least in principle – to build such a machine.

‘Any indefinite function,’ ‘any computable sequence,’ – that simple word any holds here a vastness perhaps equal to the universe, or your consciousness.

-Vikram Chandra, Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty


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