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A lot of the above remains controversial in mainstream computer science.

## Hopcroft and Ullman

A separate concern, then, is to discuss and debate how that mathematical impossibility result could — by means of a Turing complete model of computation — have bearing on the engineered artifacts that are being modeled. 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.

Communications of the ACM5: Why interaction is more powerful languaves algorithms.

Lee [9] in order to get the bigger picture. Moreover, is it not possible that if we look inside a real computer and refrain from mapping our observations onto our favorite mathematical objects, that the computer is, in some sense, doing something for us that Turing machines do not do? The authors stick to the Turing machine model and motivate their choice by explaining that computer memory can always be extended in practice:.

They are implicitly working with a particular mathematical model of a real computer, not with a real computer itself. Is the Church-Turing Thesis True? Physical Hypercomputation langiages the Church-Turing Thesis. Likewise, the latter can serve as engineered models i. Furthermore, Hopcroft et al. I, however, view neither model etwl be better, for it all depends on the engineering task at hand. Plato and the Nerd: Communications of the ACM49 7: At a first glance, both quotes j.d.uolman to contradict each other.

Specifically, we should distinguish between two persons:. The authors are thus definitely not backing up their following two claims:. Relating word and tree automataPresented by Zhaowei Xu – Lecture The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology. In their own words:. Cars and Auomata Programming.

### Introduction to Automata Theory, Languages, and Computation

Note that the modeling in 1. Skip to main content. I start by comparing the following two quotes.

Thus, we can be confident that something not doable by a TM cannot be done by a real computer. Fine with me, but then we are stepping away from a purely mathematical argument. And then I could rest my case: Automata over infinite words – Lecture Minds and Machines In sum, critical readers who resist indoctrination become amused when reading Hopcroft et al.

Fundamentals of Theoretical Computer Science. That, in short, explains why mainstream computer scientists heavily defend the Turing machine as automatw one and only viable model of computation in an average computability course.

A finite state machine is yet another mathematical model of a computer program.