The Essential Turing: Seminal Writings in Computing. Logic, Philosophy, Artifical Intelligence, and Artificial Life plus The Secrets of Enigma

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Alan Turing was one of the most important and influential thinkers of the 20th century. This volume makes his key writings available to a non-specialist readership for the first time. They make fascinating reading both in their own right and for their historic significance: contemporary computational theory, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence life all spring from this ground-breaking work.

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"Both the editorial commentaries and Turing's own writings are engrossing reading."—The Review of Modern Logic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198250791
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 622
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

B. J. Copeland is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

Alan Turing 1912-1954 1
Computable numbers : a guide 5
1 On computable numbers, with an application to the entscheidungsproblem (1936) 58
2 On computable numbers : corrections and critiques 91
3 Systems of logic based on ordinals (1938), including excerpts from Turing's correspondence, 1936-1938 125
4 Letters on logic to Max Newman (c. 1940) 205
Enigma 217
5 History of Hut 8 to December 1941 (1945), featuring an excerpt from Turing's 'treatise on the enigma' 265
6 Bombe and Spider (1940) 313
7 Letter to Winston Churchill (1941) 336
8 Memorandum to OP-20-G on naval enigma (c. 1941) 341
Artificial intelligence 353
9 Lecture on the automatic computing engine (1947) 362
10 Intelligent machinery (1948) 395
11 Computing machinery and intelligence (1950) 433
12 Intelligent machinery, a heretical theory (c. 1951) 465
13 Can digital computers think? (1951) 476
14 Can automatic calculating machines be said to think? (1952) 487
Artificial life 507
15 The chemical basis of morphogenesis (1952) 519
16 Chess (1953) 562
17 Solvable and unsolvable problems (1954) 576
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