Pickings, Maria Popova's clever and captivating blog, shares a story called
Turing's Reading List: What the Computing Pioneer Borrowed From His School
Library. Alan Turing was a British mathematician and computer science
pioneer who created the Turing machine, which was instrumental in the
development of modern computer science.
It seems that a list of the books that Turing checked out
during his years at Sherborne School in England was discovered recently. Popova
notes that "the selection features some wonderful wildcards that bespeak the
cross-disciplinary curiosity fundamental to true innovation," and goes on to
highlight 5 of her favorites on the list.
These include Lewis Carroll's Through
the Looking Glass and Alfred North Whitehead's Science in the Modern World.
You can see the full
list on author Alex Bellos' blog. And John Graham-Cuming has made
a list of the books that are available for download, which is helpful since
many are out of print. I did find that an updated edition of W. W. Rouse Ball's
Recreations and Essays is still available from Dover.
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12 Mar 2012 3:21 PM