This collection of A.K. Dewdney's columns from the pages of "Scientific American" and "Algorithm" centres on the four basic themes of the electronic age: matter computes, matter misbehaves, mathematic matters and computers create.
The master machinator is at it again, explaining computer science in ways that are offbeat, understandable and exciting. Yes, it is true that a functional computer was built by students at M. I. T. using Tinkertoys, and it played a mean game of tic-tac-toe. While fun to think about and look at, this idea contains much that is deeply significant. As those exposed to Turing Machines know, located in chapter six of this book and found in Dewdney's other works, computer computations are built using … more