Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition

Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition

by Sara Turing

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Overview

'In a short life he accomplished much, and to the roll of great names in the history of his particular studies added his own.' So is described one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, yet Alan Turing's name was not widely recognised until his contribution to the breaking of the German Enigma code became public in the 1970s. The story of Turing's life fascinates and in the years since his suicide, Turing's reputation has only grown, as his contributions to logic, mathematics, computing, artificial intelligence and computational biology have become better appreciated. To commemorate the centenary of Turing's birth, this republication of his mother's biography is enriched by a new foreword by Martin Davis and a never-before-published memoir by Alan's older brother. The contrast between this memoir and the original biography reveals tensions and sheds new light on Turing's relationship with his family, and on the man himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107524224
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2014
Edition description: Centenary edition
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 1,200,870
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Centenary Edition Martin Davis; Preface to the First Edition; Foreword to the First Edition Lyn Irvine; Preface; Part I. Mainly Biographical: 1. Family background; 2. Childhood and early boyhood; 3. At Sherborne school; 4. At Cambridge; 5. At the Graduate College, Princeton; 6. Some characteristics; 7. War work in the Foreign Office; 8. At the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington; 9. Work with the Manchester Automatic Digital Machine; 10. Broadcasts and intelligent machinery; 11. Morphogenesis; 12. Relaxation; 13. Last days and some tributes; Part II. Containing Computing Machinery and Morphogenesis: 14. Computing machinery; 15. Chemical theory of morphogenesis considered; My brother Alan John Turing; Bibliography; Index.

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"The world needed Alan Turing in the early years of computer science, and it still does."
Anthony L. Clapes, Computing Reviews

"The book does effectively portray both Alan Turing's life and work. I recommend this book not only to people interested in Alan's scientific achievements, but to anyone who woiuld like to meet a genius of the modern era."
Rita Puzmanova, Computing Reviews

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