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The Essential Turing: Seminal Writings in Computing, Logic, Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, and Artificial Life Plus the Secrets of Enigma

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Alan Turing was one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. In 1935, aged 22, he developed the mathematical theory upon which all subsequent stored-program digital computers are modeled.
At the outbreak of hostilities with Germany in September 1939, he joined the Government Codebreaking team at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire and played a crucial role in deci
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Published November 18th 2004 by Clarendon Press (first published September 9th 2004)
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Ilya
Jan 06, 2013 Ilya rated it really liked it
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A collection of articles by Alan Turing on several topics, each with a lengthy preface and sometimes a few relevant articles by other people. The first topic is computability theory; Turing did not prove the existence of noncomputable functions by considering the Halting problem, but by using the Cantor diagonal argument; he also invented hypercomputation by considering Turing machines equipped with oracles. The second topic is Turing's cryptanalytic work on breaking the German naval Engima, whi ...more
Nick Turner
Nov 06, 2012 Nick Turner rated it really liked it
The editor provides some details of Turing's biography and relevant international events. The material includes published (and informally distributed) papers such as On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem (1936) and professional correspondence.

There are four parts,
Computable Numbers - Turing's papers on an approach to dealing with the Entscheidungsproblem.
Enigma - How the cryptography of the Enigma machines employed by the German military was attacked, and eventua
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Piers
Aug 05, 2013 Piers rated it really liked it
Worth it for "On Computable Numbers…" alone. Turing was bewilderingly prescient.
Jason Copenhaver
May 05, 2013 Jason Copenhaver rated it really liked it
The explanations of the papers presented are great. The papers are hard to get through but entertaining. I didn't realize how much of CS that Turing envisioned right at the beginning. Neural Nets, Genetic Algorithms, etc. He immediately made the leap from universal machine to A.I.
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Recommended reading in careful comparison with the movie, "The Imitation Game."
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Alan Mathison Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), was an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine, which played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer. Turing is widely considered to be ...more
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