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Alan M. Turing
Centenary Edition

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Martin Davis, Lyn Irvine, John Turing
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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107524224

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  • '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. The contrast between this memoir and the original biography reveals tensions and sheds new light on Turing's relationship with his family, and on the man himself.

    • Never-before-published contribution from Alan's brother, John Turing
    • Unique personal insights from family, friends, teachers and colleagues
    • Charts Turing's life from early childhood through to his death in 1954
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    'The book is full of brilliant treasures, anecdotal accounts of Turing's eccentricity and genius, and insights into his science … This little book, with its kaleidoscopic picture of Alan Turing's short life, goes some way towards de-coding his mind, and his family.' The Guardian

    'Well-written and tackles some of Turing's mathematical work.' Engineering and Technology

    '… the readers of the new edition can benefit from a previously unpublished memoir by Alan's older brother John, as well as a new foreword by Martin Davis; both texts provide a different view of Alan Turing, and represent a nice complement to the main part of the book.' Antonin Slavik, Zentralblatt MATH

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    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107524224
    • length: 194 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword to the Centenary Edition Martin Davis
    Preface to the First Edition
    Foreword to the First Edition Lyn Irvine
    Preface
    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
    10. Broadcasts and intelligent machinery
    11. Morphogenesis
    12. Relaxation
    13. Last days and some tributes
    Part II. Containing Computing Machinery and Morphogenesis:
    14. Computing machinery
    15. Chemical theory of morphogenesis considered
    My brother Alan John Turing
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Sara Turing

    Foreword

    Martin Davis

    Lyn Irvine

    Afterword

    John Turing

    Contributors

    Martin Davis, Lyn Irvine, John Turing

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