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Everything Begins with Computation

  • Akira Maruoka

Abstract

Computer science deals with the issue of what can and cannot be computed and, if possible, how it can be computed. We refer to what a computer does, whatever it is, as “computation.” What to compute is formalized as a problem, whereas how to compute it is formalized as a mechanical procedure or an algorithm. What is defined as a field within which an algorithm works is a computational model. Once a computational model is defined, a set of basic moves that are performed is fixed as one step. Under these settings, the theory of computation is intended to uncover the laws that govern computation, as physical sciences discover the laws that control physical phenomena.

Keywords

Computational Model Turing Machine Finite Automaton Control Part Generative Grammar 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Science and EngineeringIshinomaki Senshu UniversityIshinomakiJapan

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