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Physical Computation: A Mechanistic Account
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Physical Computation: A Mechanistic Account

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ISBN-13:
9780199658855
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
25.08.2015
Seiten:
280
Autor:
Gualtiero Piccinini
Gewicht:
658 g
Format:
234x157x25 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Computation permeates our world, but a satisfactory philosophical theory of what it is has been lacking. Gualtiero Piccinini presents a mechanistic account of what makes a physical system a computing system. He argues that computation does not entail representation or information-processing, although information-processing entails computation.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Towards an Account of Physical Computation; 2 Mapping Accounts; 3 Semantic Accounts; 4 Pancomputationalism; 5 From Functional Analysis to Mechanistic Explanation; 6 The Ontology of Functional Mechanisms; 7 The Mechanistic Account; 8 Primitive Components of Computing Mechanisms; 9 Complex Components of Computing Mechanisms; 10 Digital Calculators; 11 Digital Computers; 12 Analog Computers; 13 Parallel Computers and Neural Networks; 14 Information Processing; 15 The Bold Physical Church-Turing Thesis; 16 The Modest Physical Church-Turing Thesis; Epilogue: The Nature of Computation; Appendix: Computability; Bibliography; Index
Computation permeates our world, but a satisfactory philosophical theory of what it is has been lacking. Gualtiero Piccinini presents a mechanistic account of what makes a physical system a computing system. He argues that computation does not entail representation or information-processing, although information-processing entails computation.