Title: Materialisations of Logic Machines
Speaker: Rainer Glaschick
Date: Thu 16th April 2015
Time: 14:30

Fellows Library of the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD


About the seminar

Nearly all artefacts in a computer museum are machines with a practical purpose, or are simplified models. The Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum in Paderborn (Germany) has some of the rare exceptions -- tiny machines home-made by Prof. Hasenjaeger around 1960. He was professor for mathematical logic in Bonn and studied in Münster, where Prof. Scholz in 1936 was one of the few that recognised Alan Turing’s seminal article “On computable numbers ...”. Building physical machines influenced his scientific work, and one of the machines, a three-tape universal Turing machine with only four states, is still in working order and will be explained in its historical context.

About the speaker

Rainer Glaschick is the Senior Volunteer at the Heinz Nixdorf Museumsforum.

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