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1. The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine by Charles Petzold | |
Paperback: 384
Pages
(2008-06-16)
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Editorial Review Product Description Mathematician Alan Turing invented an imaginary computer known as the Turing Machine; in an age before computers, he explored the concept of what it meant to be computable, creating the field of computability theory in the process, a foundation of present-day computer programming. The book expands Turing’s original 36-page paper with additional background chapters and extensive annotations; the author elaborates on and clarifies many of Turing’s statements, making the original difficult-to-read document accessible to present day programmers, computer science majors, math geeks, and others. Interwoven into the narrative are the highlights of Turing’s own life: his years at Cambridge and Princeton, his secret work in cryptanalysis during World War II, his involvement in seminal computer projects, his speculations about artificial intelligence, his arrest and prosecution for the crime of "gross indecency," and his early death by apparent suicide at the age of 41. Customer Reviews (12)
Rich and surprisingly accessible
A 10 year quest to understand Turing's paper ends here
Interesting...
excellent!
A difficult but rewarding book |
2. The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries) by David Leavitt | |
Paperback: 336
Pages
(2006-11-17)
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good explanations for the layperson
Impenetrable
The Most Helpful Discussion of What Turing Machines Do (from Ahadada Books)
Easy read for the most part
Somewhere in Here is a Biography |
3. Turing (The Great Philosophers Series) by Andrew Hodges | |
Paperback: 64
Pages
(1999-07)
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How natural philosophy helped invent the computer...
Excellent introduction.
Short, Sassy, and to the Point
Turing: A concise but sophisticated biography |
4. The Essential Turing: Seminal Writings in Computing, Logic, Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, and Artificial Life plus The Secrets of Enigma by Alan M. Turing | |
Paperback: 622
Pages
(2004-11-18)
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An excellent edition, long overdue
a long overdue book
Most Accessible Introduction to Turing
A valuable addition in paraphrasing Turing
A collection of Turing's papers |
5. Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges | |
Paperback: 608
Pages
(2000-03-01)
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Editorial Review Product Description Drawn into the cockpit of world events and the forefront of technological innovation, Alan Turing was also an innocent and unpretentious gay man trying to live in a society that criminalized him.In 1952, he revealed his homosexuality and was forced to participate in a humiliating treatment program, and was ever after regarded as a security risk.His suicide in 1954 remains one of the many enigmas in an astonishing life story."As vivid a picture as one could hope for a most complex and intriguing man," says Douglas Hofstadter, author of Gdel, Escher, Bach.Both a compelling narrative and a work of scholarship, Alan Turing: The Enigma is the definitive biography of one of the greatest minds of the modern world. Alan had proved that there was no "miraculous machine" thatcould solve all mathematical problems, but in the process he had discoveredsomething almost equally miraculous, the idea of a universal machine thatcould take over the work of any machine. During World War II, Turing was the intellectual star of Bletchley Park, thesecret British cryptography unit. His work cracking the German's Enigmamachine code was, in many ways, the first triumph of computer science. And Turing died because his identity as a homosexual was incompatible with cold-war ideas of security, implemented with machines and remorseless logic: "It was his own invention, and it killed the goose that laid the golden eggs." Andrew Hodges's remarkable insight weaves Turing's mathematical and computerwork with his personal life to produce one of the best biographies of ourtime, and the basis of the Derek Jacobi movie Breaking the Code. Hodgeshas the mathematical knowledge to explain the intellectual significance ofTuring's work, while never losing sight of the human and social picture: In this sense his life belied his work, for it could not becontained by the discrete state machine. At every stage his life raisedquestions about the connection (or lack of it) between the mind and thebody, thought and action, intelligence and operations, science and society,the individual and history. And Hodges admits what all biographers know, but few admit, about theirsubjects: "his inner code remains unbroken." Alan Turing is still anenigma. --Mary Ellen Curtin Customer Reviews (20)
Wonderful Histories
Excruciatingly Detailed
interesting portrait of a compelling misfit
A scientifically useful biography Is there a good book on computability and automata? So far, all the automata texts that I'm aware of are written in a special holy language of abstract computerize.The language erects an unnecessary barrierto understanding the basic ideas. Is Turing's original paper a proof, or an explanation of what he'd understood? I don't know, but I can refer the reader to "Descartes' Dream" by Reuben and Hersch for perespective.
Good biography, perhaps too long. |
6. Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker | |
Paperback: 542
Pages
(2010-11-02)
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Editorial Review Product Description Written by a distinguished cast of contributors, Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker is the definitive collection of essays in commemoration of the 90^{th} birthday of Alan Turing. This fascinating text covers the rich facets of his life, thoughts, and legacy, but also sheds some light on the future of computing science with a chapter contributed by visionary Ray Kurzweil, winner of the 1999 National Medal of Technology. Further, important contributions come from the philosopher Daniel Dennett, the Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, and from the distinguished logician Martin Davis, who provides a first critical essay on an emerging and controversial field termed "hypercomputation".
Customer Reviews (2)
Turing died too soon
Man of many parts |
7. Alan Turing (Profiles in Mathematics) by Jim Corrigan | |
Library Binding: 112
Pages
(2008-06)
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8. Alan Turing: The Troubled Genius of Bletchley Park Hall (Makers of Modern Science) by Ray Spangenburg, Diane Kit Moser | |
Library Binding: 160
Pages
(2010-12)
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9. Alan Turing: The Architect of the Computer Age (Impact Biography) by Ted Gottfried | |
Library Binding: 128
Pages
(1996-10)
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10. Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine: The Master Codebreaker's Struggle to Build the Modern Computer | |
Hardcover: 558
Pages
(2005-06-30)
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11. The Turing Programming Language: Design and Definition by R. C. Holt, Philip A. Matthews, J. Alan Rosselet, J. R. Cordy | |
Paperback: 325
Pages
(1987-11)
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12. Machines and Thought: The Legacy of Alan Turing, Volume I (Mind Association Occasional Series) | |
Paperback: 312
Pages
(1999-05-20)
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13. Alan Turing: The Enigma of Intelligence by Andrew Hodges | |
Paperback: 592
Pages
(1985-01-28)
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14. Turing and the Computer: The Big Idea by Paul Strathern | |
Paperback: 112
Pages
(1999-04-20)
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Editorial Review Product Description Author Paul Strathernsets Turing's accomplishments in their historical context. He startswith the long prehistory of the computer--its roots in devices such asthe abacus, the slide rule, and Charles Babbage's remarkablysophisticated 19th-century "difference engine." Strathern then movesdeftly through the great mathematical debates that led to Turing'sformulation of the abstract "universal computing machine" in themid-1930s. The author also lucidly presents Turing's contributions toturning that abstraction into a concrete mechanism, beginning withTuring's work on the Colossus machine, which cracked Germany's secretcodes during World War II. Strathern conveys with equal vividnessthe haunted private side of Turing's life--his furtive homosexuality,his difficult relationships, and his conviction in the early '50s oncharges of indecency, a not-so-private scandal that apparently led tohis suicide. The book owes its rich detail to the work of pioneeringTuring biographer Alan Hodges, and Strathern graciously acknowledgesthe debt. But the accomplishment of packing Turing's big life and bigideas into such a compact package is entirely Strathern'sown. --Julian Dibbell Customer Reviews (5)
Computer Journalism
Learn about computer history!
Nice biography, but not technical enough Unfortunately, the mathematical and technical stuff in the book are only described very vaguely - I did not understand how the Enigma code was cracked, or how the proofs concerning computability worked. I am not quite sure whether the author understood what he was writing about.
Nice biography, but not technical enough Unfortunately, the mathematical and technical stuff in the book are only described very vaguely - I did not understand how the Enigma code was cracked, or how the proofs concerning computability worked. I am not quite sure whether the author understood what he was writing about.
A good appetizer |
15. Alan Turing. Erzählung. by Rolf Hochhuth, Otto F. Beer, Toni Meissner, Lucien F. Trueb | |
Paperback: 208
Pages
(1998-12-01)
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16. Alan Turing by David E. Newton | |
Paperback: 124
Pages
(2003-07)
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17. Alan Turing, Enigma (Computerkultur) (German Edition) by Andrew Hodges | |
Hardcover: 662
Pages
(1994-11-16)
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18. Connectionism, Concepts, and Folk Psychology: The Legacy of Alan Turing, Volume II (Mind Association Occasional Series) | |
Paperback: 296
Pages
(1999-05-20)
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19. Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer (Volume 0) | |
Paperback: 520
Pages
(2008-12-03)
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Editorial Review Product Description Parsing the Turing Test is a landmark exploration of both the philosophical and methodological issues surrounding the search for true artificial intelligence. Will computers and robots ever think and communicate the way humans do? When a computer crosses the threshold into self-consciousness, will it immediately jump into the Internet and create a World Mind? Will intelligent computers someday recognize the rather doubtful intelligence of human beings? Distinguished psychologists, computer scientists, philosophers, and programmers from around the world debate these weighty issues – and, in effect, the future of the human race – in this important volume. |
20. Turing's Connectionism: An Investigation of Neural Network Architectures by Christof Teuscher | |
Paperback: 256
Pages
(2001-10-25)
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Editorial Review Product Description In this book, Christof Teuscher analyzes all aspects of Turing's "unorganized machines". Turing himself also proposed a sort of genetic algorithm to train the networks. This idea has been resumed by the author and genetic algorithms are used to build and train Turing's unorganized machines. Teuscher's work starts from Turing's initial ideas, but importantly goes beyond them. Many new kinds of machines and new aspects are considered, e.g., hardware implementation, analysis of the complex dynamics of the networks, hypercomputation, and learning algorithms. Customer Reviews (1)
Turing's neural networks and genetical search |
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