Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker

  • Christof Teuscher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVIII
  2. Turing’s Life and Thoughts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrew Hodges
      Pages 3-8
    3. Valeria Patera
      Pages 9-41
    4. Daniela Cerqui
      Pages 59-74
  3. Computation and Turing Machines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Michael J. Beeson
      Pages 77-134
    3. Mike Stannett
      Pages 135-157
    4. Eugene Eberbach, Dina Goldin, Peter Wegner
      Pages 159-194
    5. Martin Davis
      Pages 195-211
    6. Hector Fabio Restrepo, Gianluca Tempesti, Daniel Mange
      Pages 241-269
  4. Artificial Intelligence and the Turing Test

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Daniel C. Dennett
      Pages 295-316
    3. B. Jack Copeland, Diane Proudfoot
      Pages 317-351
    4. Diane Proudfoot
      Pages 359-379
    5. Ray Kurzweil
      Pages 381-416
  5. The Enigma

  6. Almost Forgotten Ideas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 475-475
    2. Christof Teuscher
      Pages 499-529
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 531-542

About this book


Alan Turing's fundamental contributions to computing led to the development of modern computing technology, and his work continues to inspire researchers in computing science and beyond. This book is the definitive collection of commemorative essays, and the distinguished contributors have expertise in such diverse fields as artificial intelligence, natural computing, mathematics, physics, cryptology, cognitive studies, philosophy and anthropology.

The volume spans the entire rich spectrum of Turing's life, research work and legacy. New light is shed on the future of computing science by visionary Ray Kurzweil. Notable contributions come from the philosopher Daniel Dennett, the Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, and the distinguished logician Martin Davis, who provides a first critical essay on an emerging and controversial field termed hypercomputation. A special feature of the book is the play by Valeria Patera which tackles the scandal surrounding the last apple, and presents as an enigma the life, death and destiny of the man who did so much to decipher the Enigma code during the Second World War.

Other chapters are modern reappraisals of Turing's work on computability, and deal with the major philosophical questions raised by the Turing Test, while the book also contains essays addressing his less well-known ideas on Fibonacci phyllotaxis and connectionism.


ACE Alan Turing Artificial Intelligence Bletchley Park Computer Computer Science ENIGMA Fibonaccy Phyllotaxis Hypercomputation Machine Intelligence Morphogenesis Second World War Turing Machine cryptology quantum computer

Editors and affiliations

  • Christof Teuscher
    • 1
  1. 1.Logic Systems Laboratory, EPFL-IC-LSLSwiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-05744-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-05642-4
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