Summary of Turing

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Alan Turing was a code-breaking genius, artificial intelligence theoretician and belatedly acknowledged father of the computer.

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Although it has taken decades, Alan Turing – the brilliant British mathematician, logician, World War II code breaker, computer scientist and theoretician of artificial intelligence and artificial life – has finally achieved his deserved recognition as the true father of the computer. Computer historian B. Jack Copeland details Turing’s colorful, tragic life and incredible accomplishments, portraying the awkward, eccentric scientist as an archetypal, quirky British intellectual. getAbstract recommends Copeland’s masterful telling of Turing’s astonishing life to those interested in computers, WWII, code-breaking, espionage, artificial intelligence and the political history of gay oppression.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Who Alan Turing was
  • What his primary accomplishments were
  • How the British government treated him post-WWII
  • Why speculation surrounds his death
 

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Eccentric Genius
Alan Turing was born near Paddington Station in London on June 23, 1912. The son of wealthy parents, he attended Hazelhurst, a tony boarding school. He next enrolled at Dorset’s Sherborne School, where he developed his lifelong interest in mathematics. In 1931, he gained...
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About the Author

B. Jack Copeland, professor of philosophy at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, is the director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing.


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