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Alan M. Turing by Sara Turing, Centenary Edition
Alan M. Turing
By Sara Turing
With a new afterword by John Turing
And a foreword by Martin Davis
Published 29 March 2012
210 pages, £17.99
To commemorate the centenary of Turing's birth his mother's fascinating biography, unavailable for years, is here republished with a new foreword and a never-before published memoir by Alan Turing's older brother.
'An even-tempered, lovable character with an impish sense of humour.' 'In a short life he accomplished much, and to the roll of great names in the history of his particular studies added his own.' So is described one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, yet Alan Turing's name was not widely recognised until his contribution to the breaking of the German Enigma code became public in the 1970s. The story of Turing's life fascinates and in the years since his suicide, Turing's reputation has only grown, as his contributions to logic, mathematics, computing, artificial intelligence and computational biology have become better appreciated.
To commemorate the centenary of Turing's birth, this republication of his mother's biography is enriched by a new foreword by Martin Davis and a never-before published memoir by Alan's older brother, which sheds new light on Alan's relationship with his family and on the man himself - from offering 'theories' for why Alan was gay (a fact his mother's biography fails to mention) to commenting on the constantly disgusting state of his fingernails.
Notes to Editors
About the Authors:
Sara Turing (deceased) - Alan Turing's mother
John F. Turing (deceased) - Alan Turing's older brother
Martin Davis (new foreword), Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, known for his work on Post-Turing machines.
For more information, or a review copy, please contact Carly Bareham at Cambridge University Press on 01223 326274, firstname.lastname@example.org
Preface to the First Edition
Foreword to the First Edition - Lyn Irvine
Foreword to the Centenary Edition - Martin Davis
Part I. Mainly Biographical
1. Family background
2. Childhood and early boyhood
3. At Sherborne school
4. At Cambridge
5. At the Graduate College, Princeton
6. Some characteristics
7. War work in the foreign office
8. At the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington
9. Work with the Manchester Automatic Digital Machine
12. Last days and some tributes
Part II. Containing Computing Machinery and Morphogenesis
13. Computing machinery
14. Chemical theory of morphogenesis considered
Afterword: My Brother Alan - John Turing
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