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Turing: The Great Philosophers

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Philosophy is one of the most intimidating and difficult of disciplines, as any of its students can attest. This book is an important entry in a distinctive new series from Routledge: The Great Philosophers. Breaking down obstacles to understanding the ideas of history's greatest thinkers, these brief, accessible, and affordable volumes offer essential introductions to the ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published July 16th 1999 by Routledge (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jon Stout
Jul 08, 2008 Jon Stout rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: philosophers, poets, computer geeks
Shelves: philosophy
Hodges, who wrote the definitive biography of Alan Turing, but who is not himself a philosopher, found himself responding to philosophical queries about his book, and decided to write about Turing as natural philosopher.

As a mathematician, Turing has come to play an critical role in contemporary philosophy because he developed a theory of what it means for either a human mind or a computer to function (i.e. to compute).

The book addresses fascinating questions regarding whether thinking can be
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Altair
Oct 14, 2008 Altair rated it liked it
This is a mix between a biography and a description of Turing discoveries and specifically the one related to the famous Turing Test. I find the description of Turing's views about the mind and intelligence immensely interesting, even if I found the book difficult and abstract.
It is a hard choice as a first read for an introduction to Turing's assertions.
Dan
Mar 23, 2015 Dan rated it liked it
It was a little mathy to start with, and it seemed to make a lot of excuses for Turing. He kept on explaining what he thought that Turing meant. I'm reading the big book by the same author now. Since it is a biography and not a treatise on Turing's natural philosophy it should be easier to understand and give a better understanding of Turing's impact.
Connor Brown
Nov 23, 2015 Connor Brown rated it liked it
A useful survey of Turing's thought for those who don't care to read his numerous papers or the myriad of biographies about him. Because of how short it is, it does gloss over some of the more complicated and ambiguous elements of his thought.
Dave Peticolas
May 10, 2014 Dave Peticolas rated it liked it

A tiny little book about the mathematician, philosopher, and founder of modern computing Alan Turing.

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A mathematician, an author and an activist in the gay liberation movement of the 1970s.
Since the early 1970s, Hodges has worked on twistor theory which is the approach to the problems of fundamental physics pioneered by Roger Penrose.
He is a Tutorial Fellow in mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford University.[3] Having taught at Wadham since 1986, Hodges was elected a Fellow in 2007, and was appoi
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