[Humanist] 23.91 a "Turing Machine in brass"?
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 91.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:38:22 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: a Turing Machine in brass
Hugh Kenner, in his magnificent book The Counterfeiters: An Historical
Comedy, attributes to Alan Turing the remark that Babbage's Engine was
"a Turing Machine in brass" (p. 152), or something to that effect. Does
anyone here know where exactly Turing connected his abstract machine
with his predecessor's metal one?
Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
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