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Alan M. Turing / Sara Turing ; with a foreword by Martin Davis and an afterword by John Turing.

Author/creator Turing, Sara, 1881-1976
Format Book and Print
EditionCentenary edition.
Publication Info Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Descriptionxxiv, 169 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Family background -- Childhood and early boyhood -- At Sherborne School -- At Cambridge -- At the graduate college, Princeton -- Some characteristics -- War work in the foreign office -- At the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington -- Work with the Manchester Automatic Digital Machine -- Broadcasts and intelligent machinery -- Morphogenesis -- Relaxation -- Last days and some tributes -- Computing machinery -- Theory of morphogenesis considered.
Abstract "'In a short life he accomplished much, and to the roll of great names in the history of his particular studies added his own.' So is described one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, yet Alan Turing's name was not widely recognised until his contribution to the breaking of the German Enigma code became public in the 1970s. The story of Turing's life fascinates and in the years since his suicide, Turing's reputation has only grown, as his contributions to logic, mathematics, computing, artificial intelligence and computational biology have become better appreciated. To commemorate the centenary of Turing's birth, this republication of his mother's biography is enriched by a new foreword by Martin Davis and a never-before-published memoir by Alan's older brother. The contrast between this memoir and the original biography reveals tensions and sheds new light on Turing's relationship with his family, and on the man himself"-- Provided by publisher.
Abstract "So is described one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, yet someone who was barely known beyond mathematical corridors till the revelations in the 1970s. It was then that Alan Turing's critical contributions to the breaking of the German Enigma code, along with the circumstances of his suicide at the height of his powers, became widely known. From the rather odd, precocious, gauche boy through an adolescence in which his mathematical ability began to blossom, to the achievements of his maturity, the story of Turing's life fascinates. In the years since his suicide, Turing's reputation has only grown, as his contributions to logic, mathematics, computing, artificial intelligence and computational biology have become better appreciated. To commemorate the centenary of Turing's birth, this republication of his mother's biography, unavailable for many years, is enriched by a new foreword by Martin Davis and a never-before published memoir by Alan's older brother, which sheds new light on Alan's relationship with his family, and on the man himself"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 167-169).
LCCN 2012001238
ISBN9781107020580 (hardback)
ISBN1107020581 (hardback)

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