Lectures on Alan Turing and history of Computer Science this week

Last year, Robert Soare, Paul Snowden Russell Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science gave a number of addresses and invited papers on Turing to the British mathematical and scientific community as part of the centennial celebration of Alan Turing’s birth in June, 2012. He is now offering some of this material in a series of general interest lectures to the University of Chicago community beginning with two lectures this week:


Mathematics and the Turing Renaissance (Why mathematics is an art as well a science)

Wed. Jan. 16, 2013, 1:30-2:30pm, Ryerson 277.

Why Turing’s Thesis is not a Thesis

Friday, January 18th, 1:30-2:30, Ryerson 277

The Library has a number of relevant books about Turing and his work.  Below is a selection of recent works:

Turing’s cathedral : the origins of the digital universe by George Dyson. New York: Pantheon Books, 2012.

Alan Turing : life and legacy of a great thinker, Christof Teuscher, editor; foreword by Douglas Hofstadter.Berlin; New York: Springer, c2004.

Alan Turing’s automatic computing engine : the master codebreaker’s struggle to build the modern computer, edited by B. Jack Copeland. Oxford;  New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Alan M. Turing Sara Turing,  a foreword by Martin Davis and an afterword by John Turing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

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