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The Ultimate Fairytale : A short history of Greece, Rome, Israel, England, France, and Germany.

I was once asked what "the ones and noughts mean". I must assume that the question was really about how a computer works and what it is.

In literal terms, the fact of a Universal Turing Machine suggests that we may make millions of copies of ourselves: we will split ourselves into the good and the bad.

Standing in a line in a certain pattern, we now represent a machine.

A machine which, on execution, does exactly the same thing as the machine executing us.

Our machine thus defined, we may now distance ourselves from all the good and the bad in ourselves and watch it.

If we choose to slow it down, we must bear in mind that speeding up a video is slow motion, as we cannot increase motion to a stop.

It is important to remember that infinity is just a token, and we prohibit it from being manipulated as we could therefore prove anything.

Is it not preferable to see data as a sequence of infinity and zero, not as one of one and zero?

I leave the reader with a slightly different picture of a Turing Machine.

We start with a graph; we attach registers to this.

The nodes are subroutines, and exit nodes.

On exit, the superior routine determines which edge to use by the exit node that was reached in the inferior.

The registers may be input or they may be output. Each node obviously then contains a mapping between the public registers of the subroutine and any of the registers of the calling routine.

Thus the Turing Machine can be represented by a relational database. But that's for people who are just a little OCD.

Related: Scripting Languages.

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