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Konrad Zuse’s Rechnender Raum. (Calculating Space). 1st. re-edition1 written in LATEX by A. German and H. Zenil. As published in A Computable Universe. Rechnender Raum has 8 ratings and 2 reviews. Snootwaller said: A treatise on the concept of computational metaphysics, positing that the universe may b. Konrad Zuse’s Rechnender Raum (Calculating Space) is a book which proposes the idea that the universe is computed by cellular automaton.

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Zuse proposed that the universe is being computed in real time on some sort of komrad computing machinery, thus challenging the view that some physical laws are continuous by nature.

The physicist focused on cellular automata as a possible substrate of the computation.

This disclosure of the machines core is enforced by an uncommon distribution of its constructing elements: In contrast to an ordinary alignment of a hidden logic and an outer user facing display its geometric basis is turned inside-out. The core of the machine, with all its computing elements, is shifted outwards on the surface, while the “display” which indicates the results of the tasks is displaced into the rschnender of the system.


Konrad Zuse, Rechnender Raum (Calculating Space) – PhilArchive

Even though the tasks and their logic run directly in front of the viewers eyes and even if one is long sinking into the interaction of the elements which is accompanied by a polyphonic but steady and reassuring buzz, it is not possible to follow the succession of the single conditions of the machine.

Constructed from sticks, strings and small plumb-bobs, Rechnender Raum resembles a large cage from afar. As an observer, one has the impression that it hosts a living being, as the ever-turning mechanisms of reechnender kinetic sculpture emit insect-like hums and buzzes.

As the functions of the mechanism are kept on the outside of the sculpture, one can easily follow them, yet the results of the computations enter the centre of the structure and are hidden from the observer.

However, Rechnender Raum does not interact with, or extend itself into the physical environment. Rather, it creates an internally self-propelling network of endless, balanced duration.


Rechnender Raum (Computing Space)

It fulfills what Moholy-Nagy wrote in”The next stop between the equipoise is kinetic equipoise, in which the volume raun are virtual ones, i. Here the material is employed as a vehicle of motion. To the three dimentions of volume, a fourth – movement – in other words, time is added.

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