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- Publisher: Endeavour Press (10 Feb. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IDCH6YA
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- Average Customer Review: 335 customer reviews
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Turing was an eccentric: at Bletchley Park he chained his mug to a radiator, held his trousers up with string and could be found knitting in a corner. He found social small-talk difficult. But his mathematical thinking was profound. His special interest was the creation of an intelligent machine.
He devised the tough Turing test for artificial intelligence: there would be a man, a woman, and an interrogator in a separate room trying to work out which was the woman - who would be trying to hinder the process. Now, said Turing, imagine the man was replaced with a machine. Could the interrogator tell whether they were talking to a machine or not after 5 minutes of questioning? Turing would have been satisfied if you couldn't tell which was the machine - his test was not concerned with whether the computer was actually 'thinking'.
As a mathematician Turing combined logic with intuition, and he believed that computers could also (eventually) be intuitive. Remember, this was before the digital age. When the opportunity arrived at Bletchley to create machines to assist in wartime code-breaking they were huge; and even the very latest version, the Colossus, had only 1500 valves.
Turing was particularly interested in 'the liars paradox': at its simplest you can express it just by saying 'I am lying'. The statement 'I am lying' must itself be a lie - unless I was actually telling the truth, in which case I would have been telling a lie.Read more ›
Alan Turing was both respected by colleagues and also infuriated many he knew. Like many great intellectuals, he cared little about external things – tying his trousers with string and staying in cheap hotels, even when he could afford better. He was also homosexual in a time when it was illegal and his sexuality was the reason for most of his troubles in later life. This book hinges on the 2013 request in the House of Lords for Turin to receive a statutory pardon for crimes relating to his homosexuality and there is also a fascinating possible link to Guy Burgess which I would like to read more about. Although this is a short book, it is a good introduction to a truly fascinating and ground breaking man.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quality seems low, you can quite easily see that it was written very quickly without much thoughtPublished 1 month ago by Luka Dadiani
This was quite an interesting story about Alan Turing and his life.He was avery clever man and used mathematics to help save coded messages. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. Lynda A. Byford
I downloaded this book for my kindle and it is so interesting I have read it twice so far,the whole code breaking story is far the best to come out of the war,as it formed the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The title is misleading. I was expecting a description of "unlocking the Enigma" but I found a biography of Alan Turing.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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