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Written by means of a exotic solid of individuals, Alan Turing: lifestyles and Legacy of an exceptional Thinker is the definitive number of essays in commemoration of the 90th birthday of Alan Turing. This fascinating text covers the wealthy elements of his existence, options, and legacy, but in addition sheds a few mild at the way forward for computing technology with a bankruptcy contributed by way of visionary Ray Kurzweil, winner of the 1999 nationwide Medal of know-how. extra, vital contributions come from the thinker Daniel Dennett, the Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, and from the prestigious philosopher Martin Davis, who offers a primary serious essay on an rising and debatable box termed "hypercomputation".




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You see, Shannon,what I'm sea rching for is a principle, a t heor y, a general rul e that can be deduced from my game . I' m sure a "defin ite" method could b e devised for chess, that is, a machine method. This wouldn 't entail t he construction of a machine, of course, but a seri es of rules t hat a "brainless" player could follow, that is a "t able of instructi ons," a chess program. SHANNON Boy, are we on t he same wavelength! I've sometimes won a game sim ply by applying t he basic rul es .

I . . don't think I feel quite the same way as you do perhaps I . . Oh , I love you of course, t here's no doubt ab out that , bu t there's some thing else .. you see, the fact is tha t er .. men don 't exactly leave me cold . . do you understand? JOAN Of course I do, but I won 't let it be a problem . . ALAN How sweet you ar e . . bu t I really think it will be ; I don't want you to suffer ; I'm ab solutely convinced it won 't work. You 'll feel let down , and I don't want t ha t. There ar e times when we have to give up what we love because there is no alte rnative.

Alan is with Christoph er's mother at her home (the Clockhouse). MRS. M ORCOM (giving Alan a fountain pen) Alan , I' d like you to have t his. A LAN Oh , Christ opher 's favorit e pen , he was so pr oud of it . . MRS. M ORCOM Take it ; Chris would be very happy. A LAN Thank you , Mrs. Morcom , it 's like bein g ent ruste d with the most priceless treasure. I'm sur e it 'll help me with my studies and research; it 'll be like having Chris by my side, helping me . . I've promi sed myself that I'll get to p marks next term, I' ve got to do it , for Chris.

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