Written through a individual solid of members, Alan Turing: existence and Legacy of an exceptional Thinker is the definitive selection of essays in commemoration of the 90th birthday of Alan Turing. This fascinating text covers the wealthy elements of his lifestyles, ideas, and legacy, but additionally sheds a few gentle at the way forward for computing technological know-how with a bankruptcy contributed via visionary Ray Kurzweil, winner of the 1999 nationwide Medal of know-how. additional, very important contributions come from the thinker Daniel Dennett, the Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, and from the prestigious truth seeker Martin Davis, who presents a primary serious essay on an rising and arguable box termed "hypercomputation".
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