Two Views of the Halting Problem
“Turing Machines and the Halting Problem” is the latest installment in my series on Turing machines in Decoded Science. It nears the finish line in Turing’s “race” to solve an important problem in mathematics, and explains why our computers sometimes “hang”.
The Halting Problem Came Before Actual Computers
Even before computers had been invented, mathematicians wondered about proving that an algorithm, or set of rules, would actually come to a conclusion. Alan Turing developed the idea of the “Turing machine” to explore what could, or could not, be expected from following such rules.
My article gives the background and explains two ways in which the Turing machine addresses the Halting Problem.
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