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    Paul Strathern(Author)

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At a moment of great discovery, one Big Idea can change the world...

Today, computers touch every aspect of our lives and dominate the world of technology. They have revolutionised the modern age of communication and are arguably one of humankind's greatest achievements.To imagine a 21st Century existence without a computer seems impossible.Yet despite our utter reliance on computers, how much is really known about the way they work or their inventor, Alan Turing?

Turing's work has lasting implications for our day-to-day lives as well as our first notions of artificial intelligence.Both engaging and accessible, Turing and the Computer pays homage to the extraordinary life and work of an intense and emotional man who struggled with discrimination from his peers and family, helped break the Enigma codes to win World War II, and invented the world's first computer...before being largely forgotten by the world.

The Big Idea series is a fascinating look at the greatest advances in our scientific history, and at the men and women who made these fundamental breakthroughs.

THE BIG IDEA is a hugely popular series of science books that, at only 96 pages each, are an accessible read for the amateur

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  • PDF | 96 pages
  • Paul Strathern(Author)
  • Arrow (7 Aug. 1997)
  • English
  • 4
  • Biography

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  • By A. J. HAWKEN on 29 April 2008

    Turing & the computer, is part of a series of books called "The Big Idea". These are supplosed to be aimed at both scientists and laymen. One would suppose from the title that one or more important ideas are investigated. Possibly one would also want to know how these ideas helped with the development of computers.In my opinion this book is a very shallow history of Alan Turin, in which the most important bits (The ideas contributed by Turing) are mostly absent. Sure, there is some name-dropping, but ideas such as the Turing Machine and Computability are hardly mentioned. On the page where a Turing Machine is mentioned, Strathern merely explains what an algorithm is. Clearly if he has to do this, the target audience is probably someone younger than 12, who has no knowledge of computing.Even more irritating are the inaccuracies. He mentions an eminent mathematician at Cambridge called George Hardy. Could this possibly be Godfrey Hardy (G. H. Hardy)This book is small and cheap and clearly not worth the money.


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