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The essential Turing : seminal writings in computing, logic, philosophy, artificial intelligence, and artificial life, plus, the secrets of Enigma

Author: B Jack Copeland
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press, 2004.
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"Alan Turing, pioneer of computing and World War II code-breaker, was one of the most important and influential thinkers of the twentieth century. The astonishing output of his tragically short life included the universal Turing Machine (the theoretical foundation of all modern computing), the electro-mechanical 'bombes' used at Bletchley Park to decipher the Enigma code, his ground-breaking design for an electronic  Read more...
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Named Person: Alan Mathison Turing; Alan Mathison Turing
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: B Jack Copeland
ISBN: 0198250797 9780198250791 0198250800 9780198250807
OCLC Number: 946808889
Notes: Editor is on the academic staff of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Description: 613 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Alan Turing 1912-1954 / Jack Copeland --
Computable numbers : a guide / Jack Copeland --
1. On computable numbers, with an application to the entscheidungsproblem (1936) --
2. On computable numbers : corrections and critiques / Alan Turing, Emil Post and Donald W. Davies --
3. Systems of logic based on ordinals (1938), including excerpts from Turing's correspondence, 1936-1938 --
4. Letters on logic to Max Newman (c. 1940) --
Enigma / Jack Copeland --
5. History of Hut 8 to December 1941 (1945), featuring an excerpt from Turing's 'treatise on the enigma' / Patrick Mahon --
6. Bombe and Spider (1940) --
7. Letter to Winston Churchill (1941) --
8. Memorandum to OP-20-G on naval enigma (c. 1941) --
Artificial intelligence / Jack Copeland --
9. Lecture on the automatic computing engine (1947) --
10. Intelligent machinery (1948) --
11. Computing machinery and intelligence (1950) --
12. Intelligent machinery, a heretical theory (c. 1951) --
13. Can digital computers think? (1951) --
14. Can automatic calculating machines be said to think? (1952) / Alan Turing, Richard Braithwaite, Geoffrey Jefferson and Max Newman --
Artificial life / Jack Copeland --
15. The chemical basis of morphogenesis (1952) --
16. Chess (1953) --
17. Solvable and unsolvable problems (1954).
Responsibility: edited by B. Jack Copeland.

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"Alan Turing, pioneer of computing and World War II code-breaker, was one of the most important and influential thinkers of the twentieth century. The astonishing output of his tragically short life included the universal Turing Machine (the theoretical foundation of all modern computing), the electro-mechanical 'bombes' used at Bletchley Park to decipher the Enigma code, his ground-breaking design for an electronic stored-programme computer, and work on artificial intelligence and artificial life so revolutionary that he can claim to be the founding father of these disciplines. In this book, Turing's key writings in all these subjects are made easily accessible for the first time. Lectures, scientific papers, top secret wartime material, correspondence, and broadcasts are introduced and set in context by Jack Copeland, Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing."--Jacket.

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