November 3 Special Math Seminar

Michael W. Berry, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

The Historical Development of Computation: Inventions for the Future

Based on a London (England) study abroad course he developed in 2012, Professor Berry will discuss the evolution of computation from the mechanical engines of Charles Babbage in the late nineteenth century up through the theory of computation and code breaking strategies developed by Alan Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park in the mid twentieth century. Recurrent themes in the engineering of technology, scale of computation, and societal impacts of automation will be highlighted.

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