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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Philosophical Explorations of the Legacy of Alan Turing

Turing 100

Editors: Floyd, Juliet, Bokulich, Alisa (Eds.)

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  • First volume dedicated to Turing’s place in the history and philosophy of science
  • A broad and up-to-date overview of Turing’s legacy for 20th & 21st century science
  • An historical and philosophical revisiting of the foundational character of Turing’s conceptual contributions
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This volume presents an historical and philosophical revisiting of the foundational character of Turing’s conceptual contributions and assesses the impact of the work of Alan Turing on the history and philosophy of science. Written by experts from a variety of disciplines, the book draws out the continuing significance of Turing’s work. The centennial of Turing’s birth in 2012 led to the highly celebrated “Alan Turing Year”, which stimulated a world-wide cooperative, interdisciplinary revisiting of his life and work. Turing is widely regarded as one of the most important scientists of the twentieth century: He is the father of artificial intelligence, resolver of Hilbert’s famous Entscheidungsproblem, and a code breaker who helped solve the Enigma code. His work revolutionized the very architecture of science by way of the results he obtained in logic, probability and recursion theory, morphogenesis, the foundations of cognitive psychology, mathematics, and cryptography. Many of Turing’s breakthroughs were stimulated by his deep reflections on fundamental philosophical issues. Hence it is fitting that there be a volume dedicated to the philosophical impact of his work. One important strand of Turing’s work is his analysis of the concept of computability, which has unquestionably come to play a central conceptual role in nearly every branch of knowledge and engineering.


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Juliet Floyd is Professor of Philosophy at Boston University and researches the interplay between logic, mathematics, and philosophy in late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  She has written extensively on Wittgenstein, Gödel and Turing and also published articles on Kant, aesthetics, and eighteenth century philosophy.  She is currently Associate Senior Editor in Twentieth Century philosophy at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and has co-edited (with S. Shieh) Future Pasts: The Analytic Tradition in Twentieth Century Philosophy (Oxford, 2001) and (with J.E. Katz) Philosophy of Emerging Media: Understanding, Appreciation, Application (Oxford, 2016) as well as many articles.
Alisa Bokulich is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston University and Director of the Center for Philosophy & History of Science, where she organizes the Boston Colloquium for Philosophy of Science.  She is Associate Member of Harvard University’s History of Science Department and a Series Editor for Boston Studies in the Philosophy & History of Science.  Her research focuses on issues in philosophy of science, including history and philosophy of quantum mechanics, and philosophy of the geosciences.  She is author of the book Reexamining the Quantum-Classical Relation: Beyond Reductionism and Pluralism (Cambridge UP, 2008) and co-editor of three additional books.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Philosophical Explorations of the Legacy of Alan Turing
Book Subtitle
Turing 100
Editors
  • Juliet Floyd
  • Alisa Bokulich
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
324
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53280-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53280-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53278-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85113-6
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 361
Number of Illustrations
44 b/w illustrations
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