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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I hate to only give this 4 stars due to how much work has gone into it. I can't fault it other than it doesn't suit me too well, despite me having a computing background and being interested in AI. It ... Read full review

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I have to admit up front that I didn't read this very large book word for word. There is just too much of it that is way over my head with mathematical jargon, which is also very dry. The book is ... Read full review

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Andrew Hodges teaches mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford University.

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