Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age

Paperback | November 17, 2014

byB. Jack Copeland

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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 themodern 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 ArtificialLife, 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.

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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 themodern computer. Today, all who "click-to-ope...

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 Autom...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:November 17, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Click to Open2. Turing's Universal Machine3. Sinking Hilbert4. The Intuitive Mathematician5. Breaking Enigma6. Tunny - Hitler's BlackBerry7. The Colossus of Computers8. ACE- A Month's Work in a Minute9. The Manchester "Electronic Brain"10. Artificial Intelligence11. The Imitation Game12. Educating Machinery13. Computer Chess14. Artificial Life15. Epilogue