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Alan Turing: His Work and Impact: His Work and Impact

Alan Turing: His Work and Impact: His Work and Impact [Kindle Edition]

S. Barry Cooper , J. van Leeuwen
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"The massive volume is a collection of Turing's key publications as well as commentaries about the papers. The volume is organized in four parts, with each section arranged by publication year of the papers.Given the number of minds involved in this undertaking, the editors must be congratulated.Summing Up: Highly recommended."--CHOICE Reviews Online, December 2013 "The volume is an excellent introduction to many exciting topics that Turing greatly contributed to, and in some cases founded, from computability theory to programming languages, complexity theory, the philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, and the emergence of structure in biology.Readers of almost any background and any level will find something fascinating, something to capture their imaginations, in this volume.", September 17, 2013 "Introductions and commentaries are written by outstanding specialists in the given domains -- altogether by 70 contributors. They provide insight into the significance and contemporary impact of Turing's work.The book is published in a beautiful and careful way. It is a remarkable contribution to the celebration of the centenary of Alan Turing's birth. It is indispensable for all interested in Turing's work."--Zentralblatt MATH 1270-2013 ".much of what's presented is for specialists.But there's still plenty even for a non-mathematician like me, some of it surprisingly matter how well you know the life and work of Turing, you'll learn something from this book."--OECD Insights blog, August 26, 2013 "This accessible book is an essential read for those interested in Turing's work and provides a more contemporary perspective than anything else that is available."--CyberTalk, September 2013 "This volume contains a mix of writings - some excerpts by Turing, but mostly writings about him and his work by those who understand his genius and his legacy. The writings include first person narratives of what he was like and what it was like to work with him, personal accounts of career-changing encounters with his thinking, and commentary on particular aspects of his work."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013 "The new testament of computer science has come, 101 years after the birth of founding prophet Alan Turing.How big is the incomputable universe? Can digital machines think? Do daisies emerge from pure chemistry? If your soul craves answers to such questions, this is your new bible."--Nature, June 19, 2013 "Alan Turing: His Work and Impact makes Turing's most important papers readily accessible and affordable. With the four volumes of the previously published "Collected Works" now scarce and very expensive, this volume fills a pressing need in Turing scholarship. Moreover, the commentaries associated with Turing's papers in this volume offer new and compelling insights into the continuing importance and relevance of Turing's work, contextualizing it in contemporary contexts and providing richly elaborated explanations of how and why Turing's work remains seminal for a wide variety of fields, including computational science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence and more." -- N. Katherine Hayles, Professor of Literature, Duke University

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In this 2013 winner of the prestigious R.R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers, as well as the 2013 PROSE Awards for Mathematics and Best in Physical Sciences & Mathematics, also from the AAP, readers will find many of the most significant contributions from the four-volume set of the Collected Works of A. M. Turing. These contributions, together with commentaries from current experts in a wide spectrum of fields and backgrounds, provide insight on the significance and contemporary impact of Alan Turing's work.

Offering a more modern perspective than anything currently available, Alan Turing: His Work and Impact gives wide coverage of the many ways in which Turing's scientific endeavors have impacted current research and understanding of the world. His pivotal writings on subjects including computing, artificial intelligence, cryptography, morphogenesis, and more display continued relevance and insight into today's scientific and technological landscape. This collection provides a great service to researchers, but is also an approachable entry point for readers with limited training in the science, but an urge to learn more about the details of Turing's work.

  • 2013 winner of the prestigious R.R. Hawkins Award from the Association of American Publishers, as well as the 2013 PROSE Awards for Mathematics and Best in Physical Sciences & Mathematics, also from the AAP
  • Named a 2013 Notable Computer Book in Computing Milieux by Computing Reviews
  • Affordable, key collection of the most significant papers by A.M. Turing
  • Commentary explaining the significance of each seminal paper by preeminent leaders in the field
  • Additional resources available online

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  • Publisher: Elsevier Science; 1 edition (18 Mar 2013)
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Barry Cooper is Professor of Mathematical Logic at the University of Leeds. A graduate of the University of Oxford, his research follows that of Alan Turing in its focus on the nature of mental and physical computation. Author and editor of numerous books, including Computability Theory, New Computational Paradigms, and Computability in Context, he is a leading advocate of multidisciplinary research at the interface between what is known to be computable, and theoretical and practical incomputability. Chair of the Turing Centenary Committee, which coordinated the international Turing Centenary celebrations, he is President of the Association Computability in Europe, which is responsible for the largest computability-themed international conference series, and chairs the Editorial Board of its Springer book series "Theory and Applications of Computability."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly done book 26 Jun 2013
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This has to be the definitive book on all things to do with Alan Turing's work and legacy.
I looked at the contents and saw many aspects of Turing's work that I would like to know more was all present in this book. Everything I could think of connected to Alan Turing was there plus lots of things that I didn't know about..........a superb effort and magnificent compilation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Turing into the 21st Century 29 Aug 2013
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This book is an important addition to the Alan Turing catalogue and I'm sure that it will become essential reading for years to come. Featuring a stacked slate Turing sculpture by artist Stephen Kettle on the cover, it’s striking to look at. The content is just as impressive. Edited by Turing expert Professor S. Barry Cooper, this is an invaluable reference with very little of Turing's writings left out. From the famous 'computable numbers' paper, to the fascinating (newly updated by expert Jonathan Swinton) 'Outline of the Development of the Daisy', they are all in here.

There is also a huge amount of engrossing and insightful commentary on the Turing works from experts from around the world. My favorites include computer science guru Christos Papadimitriou writing very personally on ‘Alan and I’. I also enjoyed reading the commentary by some intriguing lesser known experts such as Turing's early 1950s MSc student Bernard Richards writing, 60 years later, on his work with Turing on morphogenesis.

Some of the most interesting material is in Part III ‘Building a Brain: Intelligent Machines, Practice and Theory’, with authors such as Dan Dennett, Douglas Hofstadter and Rodney Brooks weighing in with fascinatingly individual pieces. All the commentaries are short, mainly between three and eight pages, so just the thing for busy students or academics.

What’s more, it’s the first affordable book of its kind. No other book comes near in coverage of Turing's work apart from the Collected Works at ten times the price of this new volume. And the range and depth of original, previously unpublished, commentaries on Turing's work is quite unique. I highly recommend this as a book to read and refer to for both expert and interested newcomer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 17 Jan 2014
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Prof. Cooper and Prof. van Leeuwen have done a stellar job in editing this volume on Alan Turing's work. You get Turing's key papers, along with several commentaries and reflections by several of the leading scientists in those fields touched by Turing's work. Worth every penny and eminently readable, a fitting tribute to a truly great mind.
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