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Turing By B. Jack Copeland (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing)

Summary

B. Jack Copeland celebrates the life and work of one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. Best known for the role he played in cracking German secret code Enigma during World War Two, and the personal tragedy of his death aged only 41, this is an insight into to the man, his work, and his legacy.

Turing Summary

Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age by B. Jack Copeland (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing)

Alan Turing is regarded as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. But who was Turing, and what did he achieve during his tragically short life of 41 years? Best known as the genius who broke Germany's most secret codes during the war of 1939-45, Turing was also the father of the modern computer. Today, all who 'click-to-open' are familiar with the impact of Turing's ideas. Here, B. Jack Copeland provides an account of Turing's life and work, exploring the key elements of his life-story in tandem with his leading ideas and contributions. The book highlights Turing's contributions to computing and to computer science, including Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life, and the emphasis throughout is on the relevance of his work to modern developments. The story of his contributions to codebreaking during the Second World War is set in the context of his thinking about machines, as is the account of his work in the foundations of mathematics.

Turing Reviews

This book is highly entertaining and informative * Zentralblatt Math, Teodora-Liliana Radulescu *
Fans drawn to the Turing biopic ... should move on to this lively biography of the scientific genius who cracked Enigma * Independent *
[T]hanks to Professor Copelands book we can walk with Alan Turing through his finest hours. * Jim Young, Glycosmedia *
This book is entertaining and informative ... Highly recommended. * S.M. Frey, CHOICE *

About B. Jack Copeland (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing)

Jack Copeland is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. His books include The Essential Turing (Oxford University Press), Colossus: The Secrets of Bletchley Park's Codebreaking Computers (Oxford University Press), Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine (Oxford University Press), Logic and Reality: Essays on the Legacy of Arthur Prior (Oxford University Press), and Artificial Intelligence (Blackwell). He has published more than 100 articles on the philosophy and history of computing, and mathematical and philosophical logic.

Table of Contents

1. Click to Open ; 2. Turing's Universal Machine ; 3. Sinking Hilbert ; 4. The Intuitive Mathematician ; 5. Breaking Enigma ; 6. Tunny - Hitler's BlackBerry ; 7. The Colossus of Computers ; 8. ACE- A Month's Work in a Minute ; 9. The Manchester "Electronic Brain" ; 10. Artificial Intelligence ; 11. The Imitation Game ; 12. Educating Machinery ; 13. Computer Chess ; 14. Artificial Life ; 15. Epilogue

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GOR006685530
9780198719182
0198719183
Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age by B. Jack Copeland (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing)
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Paperback
Oxford University Press
2014-10-09
320
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