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Copeland, B. Jack, 1950-
Turing : pioneer of the information age / B. Jack Copeland
Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QA29.T8 C66 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Turing, Alan Mathison, 1912-1954
Subject(s) Mathematicians -- Great Britain -- Biography
Computer science -- History
Physical Description 300 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-288) and index
Summary Turing can be regarded as one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. But who was Turing, and what did he achieve during his tragically short life of 41 years? Best known as the genius who broke Germany's most secret codes during the war of 1939-45, Turing was also the father of the modern computer. Today, all who 'click-to-open' are familiar with the impact of Turing's ideas
Here, B. Jack Copeland provides an account of Turing's life and work, exploring the key elements of his life-story in tandem with his leading ideas and contributions. The book highlights Turing's contributions to computing and to computer science, including Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Life, and the emphasis throughout is on the relevance of his work to modern developments. The story of his contributions to codebreaking during the Second World War is set in the context of his thinking about machines, as is the account of his work in the foundations of mathematics. -- Publisher

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