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The Once and Future Turing
Computing the World

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S. Barry Cooper, Andrew Hodges, Martin Davis, J. M. E. Hyland, Andrew R. Booker, Ueli Maurer, Kanti V. Mardia, Stephen Wolfram, Christof Teuscher, Douglas Richard Hofstadter, Philip K. Maini, Thomas E. Woolley, Eamonn A. Gaffney, Ruth E. Baker, Richard Gordon, Stuart Kauffman, Scott Aaronson, Solomon Feferman, P. D. Welch, Roger Penrose
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  • Date Published: March 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107010833

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  • Alan Turing (1912–1954) made seminal contributions to mathematical logic, computation, computer science, artificial intelligence, cryptography and theoretical biology. In this volume, outstanding scientific thinkers take a fresh look at the great range of Turing's contributions, on how the subjects have developed since his time, and how they might develop still further. The contributors include Martin Davis, J. M. E. Hyland, Andrew R. Booker, Ueli Maurer, Kanti V. Mardia, S. Barry Cooper, Stephen Wolfram, Christof Teuscher, Douglas Richard Hofstadter, Philip K. Maini, Thomas E. Woolley, Eamonn A. Gaffney, Ruth E. Baker, Richard Gordon, Stuart Kauffman, Scott Aaronson, Solomon Feferman, P. D. Welch and Roger Penrose. These specially commissioned essays will provoke and engross the reader who wishes to understand better the lasting significance of one of the twentieth century's deepest thinkers.

    • Discover Alan Turing's legacy in fields as diverse as computer science, mathematical biology, philosophy and cryptology
    • Contains original contributions from world-leading experts on Turing and his work
    • Approachable essays suitable for any reader interested in the development of science
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    'The 15 highly readable essays gathered here, each worth a review, celebrate Turing's centenary by exploring current developments and philosophical ramifications descending from many sides of Turing's work, not just his famous theory of computation and his code-breaking exploits but also his interests in logic, artificial intelligence, morphogenesis, pattern formation, the Riemann hypothesis, etc … Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.' D. V. Feldman, CHOICE

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    • Date Published: March 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107010833
    • length: 395 pages
    • dimensions: 257 x 176 x 26 mm
    • weight: 1.04kg
    • contains: 49 colour illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Introduction S. Barry Cooper and Andrew Hodges
    Part I. Inside our Computable World, and the Mathematics of Universality:
    1. Algorithms, equations, and logic Martin Davis
    2. The forgotten Turing J. M. E. Hyland
    3. Turing and the primes Andrew R. Booker
    4. Cryptography and computation after Turing Ueli Maurer
    5. Alan Turing and enigmatic statistics Kanti V. Mardia and S. Barry Cooper
    Part II. The Computation of Processes, and Not Computing the Brain:
    6. What Alan Turing might have discovered Stephen Wolfram
    7. Designed versus intrinsic computation Christof Teuscher
    8. Dull rigid human meets ace mechanical translator Douglas Richard Hofstadter
    Part III. The Reverse Engineering Road to Computing Life:
    9. Turing's theory of developmental pattern formation Philip K. Maini, Thomas E. Woolley, Eamonn A. Gaffney and Ruth E. Baker
    10. Walking the tightrope: the dilemma of hierarchical instabilities in Turing's morphogenesis Richard Gordon
    Part IV. Biology, Mind, and the Outer Reaches of Quantum Computation:
    11. Answering Descartes: beyond Turing Stuart Kauffman
    12. The ghost in the quantum Turing machine Scott Aaronson
    Part V. Oracles, Infinitary Computation, and the Physics of the Mind:
    13. Turing's 'oracle': from absolute to relative computability and back Solomon Feferman
    14. Turing transcendent: beyond the event horizon P. D. Welch
    15. On attempting to model the mathematical mind Roger Penrose
    Afterword S. Barry Cooper and Andrew Hodges.

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    S. Barry Cooper, University of Leeds
    Until his death in 2015, S. Barry Cooper was Professor of Mathematical Logic at the University of Leeds. He was both a leading figure in the theory of Turing computability, and a noted advocate of multidisciplinary research, especially in connection with the theoretical and practical limits of the computable. As President of Computability in Europe, he was responsible for many international conferences. He chaired the Turing Centenary Committee, and edited the prize-winning critical edition of Turing's publications: Alan Turing: His Work and Impact.

    Andrew Hodges, University of Oxford
    Andrew Hodges is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. His main research is in fundamental physics, as a colleague of Roger Penrose, but he is also the biographer of Alan Turing. His book Alan Turing: The Enigma (1983) has reached a wide audience and has inspired works of drama, music, art and film.

    Contributors

    S. Barry Cooper, Andrew Hodges, Martin Davis, J. M. E. Hyland, Andrew R. Booker, Ueli Maurer, Kanti V. Mardia, Stephen Wolfram, Christof Teuscher, Douglas Richard Hofstadter, Philip K. Maini, Thomas E. Woolley, Eamonn A. Gaffney, Ruth E. Baker, Richard Gordon, Stuart Kauffman, Scott Aaronson, Solomon Feferman, P. D. Welch, Roger Penrose

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