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Pioneer of the Information Age

Turing by B. Jack Copeland
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Alan Turing is regarded as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. But who was Turing, and what did he achieve during his tragically short life of 41 years? Best known as the genius who broke Germany's most secret codes during the war of 1939-45, Turing was also the father of the modern computer. Today, all who 'click-to-open' are familiar with the impact of Turing's ideas.Here, B. Jack Copeland provides an account of Turing's life and work, exploring the key elements of his life-story in tandem with his leading ideas and contributions. The book highlights Turing's contributions to computing and to computer science, including Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life, and the emphasis throughout is on the relevance of his work to modern developments. The story of his contributions to codebreaking during the Second World War is set in the context of his thinkingabout machines, as is the account of his work in the foundations of mathematics.
OUP Oxford; November 2012
304 pages; ISBN 9780191633782
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Title: Turing
Author: B. Jack Copeland
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OUPblog (blog)Alan Turing, Code-BreakerOUPblog (blog)Thanks to Alan Turing and his fellow codebreakers, much of this ...
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The father of the modern computerOUPblog (blog)How did he become the father of computer science? How did the development of the ...
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Summing up Alan TuringOUPblog (blog)Three words to sum up Alan Turing? Humour. He had an impish, irreverent and infectious ...