Alan Turing: The Enigma

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Simon and Schuster, 1983 - Biography & Autobiography - 587 pages
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Alan Turing (1912-54) was a British mathematician who made history. His breaking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II ensured Allied-American control of the Atlantic. But Turing's vision went far beyond the desperate wartime struggle. Already in the 1930s he had defined the concept of the universal machine, which underpins the computer revolution. In 1945 he was a pioneer of electronic computer design. But Turing's true goal was the scientific understanding of the mind, brought out in the drama and wit of the famous "Turing test" for machine intelligence and in his prophecy for the twenty-first century.

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Contents

The Spirit of Truth
46
New Men
111
The Relay Race
160
Copyright

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About the author (1983)

Andrew Hodges teaches mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford University.

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