The selected works of A.M. Turing : his work and impact / S. Barry Cooper and J. van Leeuwen.

By: Cooper, S. B. (S. Barry)Contributor(s): Leeuwen, J. van (Jan)Material type: TextTextSeries: Elsevier ScienceDirect eBooksPublisher: Waltham, MA : Elsevier, c2012Description: 1 online resourceISBN: 0123870127 (electronic bk.); 9780123870124 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Turing, Alan Mathison, 1912-1954 | Mathematicians -- Great Britain -- Biography | Computer science -- Mathematics | Enigma cipher system | Logic, Symbolic and mathematicalAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 510.92 | B LOC classification: QA29.T8 | C65 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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In many respects, this work can be summarized by the first sentence of the introduction: "This is an unusual book." The massive volume is a collection of Turing's key publications as well as commentaries about the papers. The volume is organized in four parts, with each section arranged by publication year of the papers. Sections are titled "How Do We Compute? What Can We Prove?," "Hiding and Unhiding Information," "Building a Brain," and "Mathematics of Emergence." Cooper (Univ. of Leeds, UK) and van Leeuwen (Utrecht Univ., Netherlands) have engaged 70 prominent scientists and mathematicians, many of whom knew Turing, to write on his life and works. This book is not for casual readers; more than a passing knowledge of Turing's work is essential to appreciate the insight provided through the many authors' various contributions. Given the number of minds involved in this undertaking, the editors must be congratulated. The book does not contain a bibliography. Instead, the editors reference the definitive collection of publications by or about Turing, compiled by Nelson Beebe and updated weekly, available at and A very helpful 35-page index supports the text. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. J. Beidler University of Scranton

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