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Philosophical explorations of the legacy of Alan Turing: Turing 100
Floyd J., Bokulich A., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 361 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319532-78-3)
Alan Turing has become such a cultural icon (with a major Hollywood biopic ensuring that even your average moviegoer is reasonably conversant with his name) that it is hard to think of a time when this wasn’t the case. And yet less than thre...
Dec 20 2017
Turing’s imitation game: conversations with the unknown
Warwick K., Shah H., Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2016. 202 pp. Type: Book (9781107056381)
This is a must-read for understanding the Turing test, its origins, how it has evolved over the years, and its linkage to the broader field of artificial intelligence (AI). It is a nontechnical book for undergraduates and postgraduate students of ...
Sep 27 2017
The Turing guide
Copeland J., Bowen J., Sprevak M., Wilson R., Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2017.Type: Book (9780198747826 ), Reviews: (2 of 2)
The 42 chapters of this richly illustrated book describe Turing’s life and contributions from different viewpoints and at different abstraction levels. These essays, written for a (more or less) general audience, frequently show that Turing&...
Jul 7 2017
The Turing guide
Copeland J., Bowen J., Sprevak M., Wilson R., Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 2017.Type: Book (9780198747826 ), Reviews: (1 of 2)
According to a famous dictum, history is written by the victors....
Jun 14 2017
Turing’s vision: the birth of computer science
Bernhardt C., The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2016. 208 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262034-54-8)
Books about Alan Turing’s life and work have always gone to one of two extremes, either to the complete technical or to the complete trivial focusing on, for example, Turing’s sexual preferences, which should be completely irrelevant a...
Sep 29 2016
Turing’s revolution: the impact of his ideas about computability
Sommaruga G., Strahm T., Birkhäuser Basel, New York, NY, 2016. 329 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319221-55-7)
In his famous 1936 paper, Alan Turing solved an outstanding problem in mathematics--“What is an algorithm?”--and laid out the (theoretical) basis for the development of digital computers and programming languages that were de...
Aug 23 2016
Alan Turing: the enigma
Hodges A., Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2014. 768 pp. Type: Book (978-0-691164-72-4)
Rereading and reviewing a biography more than 30 years after its first publication subjects the work to the added scrutiny of evaluating it on its own terms and in relation to all that has happened since its first appearance. Not many books can wi...
Mar 10 2015
Actually, Turing did not invent the computer
Haigh T. Communications of the ACM 57(1): 36-41, 2014. Type: Article
Haigh offers arguments that counter the promotion of Alan Turing as the inventor of the digital computer. The root of this claim from Turing’s promoters is his 1936 paper, “On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidung...
Apr 2 2014
Computability: Turing, Gödel, Church, and beyond
Copeland B., Posy C., Shagrir O., The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2013. 376 pp. Type: Book (978-0-262018-99-9)
Computability theory is a scholarly field of fine vintage, preceding the rest of what subsequently came to be known as theoretical computer science, and anticipating the advent of electronic computers by decades. The theory allows us to pose (and ...
Jan 27 2014
Alan Turing: his work and impact
Cooper S., van Leeuwen J., Elsevier Science, Waltham, MA, 2013. 944 pp. Type: Book (978-0-123869-80-7)
A volume of this caliber is difficult to review, not only because of its length but also because half of the contents are the collected works of one of the most prominent modern scientists, Alan Turing, whose birth centenary it commemorates. This ...
Sep 17 2013
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