The Essential Turing by B. Jack Copeland (Editor); Alan Turing
Call Number: QA7 .T772 2004
Publication Date: 2004-11-18
Turing is a tragic and moving figure. At one end, he was a war hero who devised, along with his team, a machine which cracked secret codes being transmitted by the Nazi military. One the other end, Turing was convicted and punished for his once illegal homosexuality. Turing's contributions to science, however, continue to inspire generations of information scientists, linguists, and those interested in the nature of consciousness and cognition. In his pivotal essay "Computing Machinery and Intelligence," Turing explains the way in which machines, and by extension humans, think. Turing's work has been the basis of endeavors into artificial intelligence and has been lauded and criticized by scholars in a wide variety of fields from Robert French ("Subcognition and the Limits of the Turing Test") to Noam Chomsky ("Tuning on the 'Imitation Game'") and more.