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The isomorphism that they are considering only holds between Turing machines and their carefully crafted models of real computers. Based on their motivations not to use finite state machines, I would opt for a linear bounded automaton and not a Turing machine.

Cars and Automatic Programming. Automata over ranked infinite trees – Lecture But, actually, I have nad each quote out of context. Judge for yourself by reading the present post in which I scrutinize the famous textbooks of John E. The authors are thus definitely not backing up their following two claims:.

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Later on in that same chapter fromthe authors write: Hopcroft and Jeffrey D. Annals of J.d.llman and Applied Logic98 A much better dissemination strategy, I believe, is to remain solely in the mathematical realm of Turing machines or other — yet equivalent — mathematical objects when explaining undecidability to students, as exemplified by the textbooks of Martin Davis [3, 4]. The authors stick to the Turing machine model and motivate their choice by explaining lamguages computer memory can always be extended in practice: Is your drone Turing complete?

A scientist who mathematically models the real computer with a Turing machine.

## Hopcroft and Ullman

In their own words:. Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation. To get a more coherent view on what is going on, and how to fix it, I gladly refer to my latest book Turing Tales [5]. Why interaction is more powerful than algorithms. Fine with me, but then we are stepping away from a purely mathematical argument. Visibly pushdown languages – Lecture At a first glance, both quotes seem to contradict each other.

For an elaborate distinction between an engineer and a scientist see my previous post. Historical perspective, course syllabus and basic concepts – Lecture 2: Reading Assignments at Siegen University. I don’t think so. Communications of the ACM46 4: A lot of the above remains controversial in mainstream computer science. Thomas, Languages, automata and logics, Handbook of formal languages, vol. Recent comments waking up.

Only if we look at real computers with our traditional spectacles autmata in which partially computable functions are the preferred objects — can we equate the Turing machine with the computer in a traditional and rather weak sense. Automata eta, infinite words – Lecture They are implicitly working with a particular mathematical model of a real computer, not with a real computer itself.

I recommend consulting the many references provided in my book [5] and also the related — but not necessarily similar — writings of Peter Wegner [13, 14, 15], Carol Cleland [1, 2], Oron Shagrir [11, 12], and Edward A.

If we run out of memory, the program can print a request for a human to dismount its disk, store it, and replace it by an empty disk. Chomsky Hierarchy – Overview and Turing machines – Lecture Moreover, modeling implies idealizing: Automata over unranked trees – Lecture Automata for XML – Lecture The Dawn of Software Engineering.

Automata theory and its applications. Common Sense on Self-Driving Cars. The Coming Software Apocalypse. So perhaps the history of computer science is a history of conflation after all [5]. My contention, in contrast, is to view a Turing machine as one possible mathematical model of a computer program.

Thus, we can be confident that something not doable by a TM cannot be done by a real computer.

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Minds and Machines3: All this in order to come to the following dubious result:. So, to make the undecidability proof work, the authors have decided to model a composite system: Chomsky Hierarchy – Context sensitive and free languages – Lecture Recipes, algorithms, and programs.

Writing Assignment at Wnd University. And then I could rest my case: The first quote belongs to an introductory chapter on complexity theory where time and space bounds matter while the second quote appears in an informal chapter on Turing machines where the sole distinction of interest is one between decidability and undecidability. In their own words: A Turing machine can simulate a computer [7, p.

Formal Languages and their Relation to Automata. Is the history of computer science solely a history of progress?