- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: Westview Press; New Ed edition (7 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738202967
- ISBN-13: 978-0738202969
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Feynman Lectures On Computation Paperback – 7 Jul 2000
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Freeman Dyson, of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, called him 'the most original mind of his generation', while in its obituary The New York Times described him as 'arguably the most brilliant, iconoclastic and influential of the postwar generation of theoretical physicists'.
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Richard P. Feynman was raised in Far Rockaway, New York, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton. He held professorships at both Cornell and the California Institute of Technology. In 1965 he received the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum electrodynamics. He died in 1988.
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The interesting Forewords provided by the Editors (detailing the book's progeny) and by Feynman himself (hinting at his often iconoclastic approach: e.g. "Computer Science" isn't really a Science - it's more closely related to Engineering) preface some fascinating Chapters which follow. Since Feynman's modus operandi is to think things through for oneself, he urges his students to do the same: in many Chapters there are Problems (which are indeed non-trivial exercises for the reader); but beware, no 'solutions' are provided!
The first Chapter is a short 'low-key' Introduction to Computers which introduces logical operations such as AND, XOR and NOT. The second Chapter, Computer Organization (sic) develops these primitive ideas and presents generic (wiring-diagram) implementations of these logical operations or gates. Feynman identifies a minimum, sufficient, set of logic diagrams - labelling them as AND, NOT, FANOUT and EXCHANGE. Using these primitives alone, any logic operation can be generated. The interesting concept of 'reversibility of a computation' is introduced here and dealt with more fully in Chapters five and six (q.v.).Read more ›
Whilst the book inevitably has a slightly period feel, it should be required reading for all students of computing because it covers topics which all practitioners should know ... but you won't find in most Computer Science curricula.
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