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The Great Philosophers: Turing

Andrew Hodges

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Great Philosophers, Prose: non-fiction, Philosophy

'Can machines think?' Alan Turing

From code-breaker in World War II to Artificial Intelligence - a highly accessible, fascinating account of the remarkable Alan Turing.

From WW2 code-breaker to Artificial Intelligence - a fascinating account of the remarkable Alan Turing.

Alan Turing's 1936 paper On Computable Numbers was a landmark of twentieth-century thought. It not only provided the principle of the post-war computer, but also gave an entirely new approach to the philosophy of the mind.

Influenced by his crucial codebreaking work during the war, and by practical pioneering of the first electronic computers, Turing argued that all the operations of the mind could be performed by computers. His thesis is the cornerstone of modern Artificial Intelligence.

Andrew Hodges gives a fresh analysis of Turing's work, relating it to his extraordinary life.

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Praise for The Great Philosophers: Turing

  • The virtue of these deceptively brief books is that they are the real thing - EVENING STANDARD

  • Rarely have intellectual sophistication and complexity come so cheap - FINANCIAL TIMES

  • The books should improve the cultural circulation of philosophy by their style as well as their substance - TES

  • A promising venture - THE TIMES

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