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Alan Turing : Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker - D. Hofstadter

Alan Turing

Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker

By: D. Hofstadter (Foreword by), Christof Teuscher (Editor)

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Published: 29th March 2005
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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.

From the reviews:

"This is a wonderful book, which does deliver what it promises; and that is no small feat. ... One of the things that I like in the book is its sense of fun. ... It is beautifully written and contains a very nice survey of an area that deserves to be better known to mathematicians. ... Finally, the book is beautifully produced, abundantly illustrated ... . I recommend it to everyone interested in any aspect of Turing's legacy ... ." (S.C. Coutinho, The Mathematical Gazette, Vol. 89 (516), 2005)

"This remarkable volume is the serendipitous result of Christof Teuscher realizing in September 2001 that Turing would have celebrated his 90th birthday on June 23, 2002. ... 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, cryptography, cognitive studies, philosophy and anthropology. The volume spans the entire rich spectrum of Turing's life, research work and legacy." (Cryptologia, Vol. 29 (1), 2005)

"It is difficult to find the superlatives to describe the wonderful job the contributors to this book have done. Every chapter is written in an expository fashion, demanding very little in the way of background knowledge from any scientifically minded reader. The range of topics is also impressive ... . I unreservedly recommend this book to anyone even slightly interested in the continuing role of Turing's work in the development of computer science in particular, and ideas in general." (John L. Casti, nature, Issue 428, 2004)

Foreword
Preface
Turing'S Life and Thoughts
Alan's Life: A Short Biography
Hacking the Turing Test
From Turing to the Information Society
Computation And Turing Machines
The Mechanization of Mathematics
Hypercomputational Models
Turing's Ideas and Models of Computation
The Myth of Hypercomputation
Quantum Computers: The Church-Turing Hypothesis versus the Turing Principle
Implementation of a Self-Replicating Universal Turing Machine
Cognitive Science and the Turing Machine: An Ecological Perspective
Artificial Intelligence and the Turing Test
Can Machines Think?
The Law of Accelerating Returns
The Computer, Artificial Intelligence, and the Turing Test
Robots and Rule-Following
Strawberries with Cream, Mistakes, and Other Idiotic Features
The Enigma
Alan M. Turing's Contributions to Co-Operation between the UK and the US
The Brains behind the Enigma Code Breaking before the Second World War
Alan Turing at Bletchley Park in World War II
Almost Forgotten Ideas
Turing's Connectionism
Watching the Daisies Grow: Turing and Fibonacci Phyollotaxis
What would Alan Turing have done after 1954?
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ISBN: 9783540200208
ISBN-10: 3540200207
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 542
Published: 29th March 2005
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.12