The Turing Guide

The Turing Guide

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Alan Turing has long proved a subject of fascination, but following the centenary of his birth in 2012, the code-breaker, computer pioneer, mathematician (and much more) has become even more celebrated with much media coverage, and several meetings, conferences and books raising public awareness of Turing's life and work. This volume will bring together contributions from some of the leading experts on Alan Turing to create a comprehensive guide to Turing that will serve as a useful resource for researchers in the area as well as the increasingly interested general reader. The book will cover aspects of Turing's life and the wide range of his intellectual activities, including mathematics, code-breaking, computer science, logic, artificial intelligence and mathematical biology, as well as his subsequent influence.show more

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 191 x 247 x 29mm | 1,244g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0198747837
  • 9780198747833
  • 49,910

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Turing was a genius who helped shorten the war though his extraordinary solutions to the Enigma and Tunny machines ciphers that the Germans were using ... We owe him a huge debt. * Stephen Fry * An excellent compendium of essays covering Alan Turing's life and work, covering everything from his childhood to his final days, from the universal machine to cracking the Enigma, from artificial intelligence to morphogenesis. * Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book * The Turing Guide provides a superb collection of articles written from numerous different perspectives, of the life, times, profound ideas, and enormous heritage of Alan Turing and those around him. We find, here, numerous accounts, both personal and historical, of this great and eccentric man, whose life was both tragic and triumphantly influential. * Sir Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford * The Turing Guide is just as its title suggests, a remarkably broad-ranging compendium of Alan Turing's lifetime contributions. Credible and comprehensive, it is a rewarding exploration of a man, who in his life was appropriately revered and unfairly reviled. * Vint Cerf, American Internet pioneer * With 'The Turing Guide', a thick and extensively illustrated new take on combining these different elements, Oxford University Press has struck the right formula. Breaking the story into several sections allows readers to cherry-pick the bits that are of interest to them, either running through from start to finish or sticking to the biographical chapters and using the pointers to sections which go into more technical depth as they wish. * Dominic Lenton, E&T Magazine * excellent compendium of essays * Tom Schulte, MAA Reviews * [This section] includes the best, most enlightening single-page illustration of the Enigma machines workings that I have seen. * Tom Schulte, Mathematical association of America * This set of articles is moving and underscores the tragedy of a life encumbered with prejudice and cut short. * Tom Schulte, Mathematical association of America * A handful of the guide's 33 contributors worked at Bletchley and knew Turing personally. Their reminiscences can be fascinating, funny, even moving. ... But it is, I think, pretty much the last word on the subject. And it will ensure that while we may never decode the whole of Turing's mind, his name will never again be forgotten. * Andrew Robinson, New Scientist *show more

About Jack Copeland

Jack Copeland FRS NZ is Distinguished Professor in Arts at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. He has been script advisor and scientific consultant for a number of recent documentaries about Turing. Jack is Co-Director of the Turing Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, and also Honorary Research Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2012 he was Royden B. Davis Visiting Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University, Washington DC, and in 2015-16 was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Israel. A Londoner by birth, he earned a D.Phil. in mathematical logic from the University of Oxford, where he was taught by Turing's great friend Robin Gandy. Robin Wilson is an Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, UK, and of Geometry at Gresham College, London. After graduating from Oxford, he received his Ph.D. degree in number theory from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written and co-edited many books on graph theory and the history of mathematics, including Four Colors Suffice and Combinatorics: Ancient & Modern. His historical research interests include British mathematics and the history of graph theory and combinatorics, and he has been President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. An enthusiastic popularizer of mathematics, he won two awards for expository writing from the Mathematical Association of America. Mark Sprevak is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His primary research interests are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and metaphysics, with particular focus on the cognitive sciences. He has published articles in, among other places, The Journal of Philosophy, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, and Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. His book The Computational Mind is forthcoming from Routledge. Jonathan P. Bowen FBCS FRSA is Emeritus Professor of Computing at London South Bank University, where he established and headed the Centre for Applied Formal Methods in 2000. During 2013-15 he was Professor of Computer Science at Birmingham City University. Previously he was a lecturer at the University of Reading, a senior researcher at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory's Programming Research Group, and a research assistant at Imperial College, London. Since 1977 he has been involved with the field of computing in both academia and industry. His books include: Formal Specification and Documentation using Z; High-Integrity System Specification and Design; Formal Methods: State of the Art and New Directions; and Electronic Visualisation in Arts and Culture.show more

Table of contents

BIOGRAPHY; THE UNIVERSAL MACHINE AND BEYOND; CODEBREAKER; COMPUTERS AFTER THE WAR; ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE MIND; BIOLOGICAL GROWTH; MATHEMATICS; FINALEshow more

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A handful of the guide's 33 contributors worked at Bletchley and knew Turing personally. Their reminiscences can be fascinating, funny, even moving. ... But it is, I think, pretty much the last word on the subject. And it will ensure that while we may never decode the whole of Turing's mind, his name will never again be forgotten. Andrew Robinson, New Scientistshow more

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