Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker / Edition 1

Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker / Edition 1

by D. Hofstadter
     
 

Alan Turing's fundamental contributions to computing led to the development of modern computing technology, and his work continues to inspire researchers in computing science and beyond. This book is the definitive collection of commemorative essays, and the distinguished contributors have expertise in such diverse fields as artificial intelligence, natural

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Alan Turing's fundamental contributions to computing led to the development of modern computing technology, and his work continues to inspire researchers in computing science and beyond. This book is the definitive collection of commemorative essays, and the distinguished contributors have expertise in such diverse fields as artificial intelligence, natural computing, mathematics, physics, cryptology, cognitive studies, philosophy and anthropology.

The volume spans the entire rich spectrum of Turing's life, research work and legacy. New light is shed on the future of computing science by visionary Ray Kurzweil. Notable contributions come from the philosopher Daniel Dennett, the Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, and the distinguished logician Martin Davis, who provides a first critical essay on an emerging and controversial field termed hypercomputation. A special feature of the book is the play by Valeria Patera which tackles the scandal surrounding the last apple, and presents as an enigma the life, death and destiny of the man who did so much to decipher the Enigma code during the Second World War.

Other chapters are modern reappraisals of Turing's work on computability, and deal with the major philosophical questions raised by the Turing Test, while the book also contains essays addressing his less well-known ideas on Fibonacci phyllotaxis and connectionism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540200208
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
01/16/2004
Edition description:
1st ed. 2003. 2nd printing 2005
Pages:
542
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Christof Teuscher holds an electronic engineer degree and received the diploma degree in computer engineering (equivalent to a MSCS degree) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL) in 2000. Since then, he has been a research and teaching assistant in the Logic Systems Laboratory at EPFL, pursuing the Ph.D. degree in the field of biologically-inspired computing machines.

Christof Teuscher's work has been honored with several awards. His first book has been published by Springer-Verlag in 2001: Turing's Connectionism: An Investigation of Neural Network Architectures. He was head of the BioWall project that was widely covered by the media. Christof's second book - Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker - will be published in 2003. Christof has also been nominated for a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Christof Teuscher is the initiator and organizer of the Turing Day and an organizer and program chair of the 5th International Workshop on Information Processing in Cells in Tissues, IPCAT2003. He is also a member of the program committee of the 5th International Conference on Evolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware, ICES'03, of the 7th European Conference on Artificial Life, ECAL2003, and of the NASA/DoD Conference on Evolvable Hardware, EH-2003.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Alan Turing: an Introductory Biography3
Alan's Apple: Hacking the Turing Test9
What Would Alan Turing Have Done After 1954?43
From Turing to the Information Society59
The Mechanization of Mathematics77
Hypercomputational Models135
Turing's Ideas and Models of Computation159
The Myth of Hypercomputation195
Quantum Computers: the Church-Turing Hypothesis Versus the Turing Principle213
Implementation of a Self-replicating Universal Turing Machine241
Cognitive Science and the Turing Machine: an Ecological Perspective271
Can Machines Think?295
The Computer, Artificial Intelligence, and the Turing Test317
A Note on Enjoying Strawberries with Cream, Making Mistakes, and Other Idiotic Features353
Robots and Rule-Following359
The Law of Accelerating Returns381
The Polish Brains Behind the Breaking of the Enigma Code Before and During the Second World War419
Alan Turing at Bletchley Park in World War II441
Alan M. Turing's Contributions to Co-operation Between the UK and the US463
Watching the Daisies Grow: Turing and Fibonacci Phyllotaxis477
Turing's Connectionism499
List of Contributors531
Index535

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