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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: 344 customer reviews
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Alan Turing: Unlocking the Enigma (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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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.
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A thrilling read, and just the right length for a couple of lunch hours or a long train ride. I found the narrative captivating, and I enjoyed it more than some of the better know... Read morePublished 17 days ago by richmondmike
David Boyle’s brief biography of Alan Turing, was an immensely heartfelt look into one of the most important figures of the twentieth century. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tom Keane
Interesting facts but story line fractured i.e. he does then book continuesPublished 3 months ago by keith wyatt
What a life this man had, it is good he is getting recognition these days. I thoroughly enjoyed how David Boyle kept my interest in this book.Published 3 months ago by Spitfire
What an amazing man Turing was, he was the father of modern computing, a genius, this book is worthy of his brilliance!Published 4 months ago by Jay Cee
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