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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500985376
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (10 Feb. 2014)
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 361 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 ›
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An insight into a great mind of a short existence. A testament to a life of struggle and truth. Brilliant!Published 3 months ago by Peter Charlton
Would like to have seen more of his code breaking history but a good read and well written a great mindPublished 4 months ago by Christopher J. Rose
Since watching the film about Alan Turing I have been absolutely fascinated by the man who really changed the way that the Second World War went, a man who was so challenged and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jane
Catching from the start to finish. Thought provoking and inspiring. Especially relevant to this day.
Recommended to anyone who wants an easy introducing to Turing
I was looking for a short Factual story about a historical figure, and thats what this book is. A worthwhile couple of hours!Published 6 months ago by Mike O.
Good insight into the life of brilliant but tragic Alan Turing. Melancholy chose him for her own, but large was his bounty, and his soul sincere!Published 6 months ago by Mr. Jerome Brown
This book was really good and filled a Alan Turing knowledge hole in this reader. It contained everything I wanted to know without spending too long at any one pay of Turing's... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs Amy Shires