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The Books that Inspired Alan Turing
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Brain Pickings, Maria Popova's clever and captivating blog, shares a story called Alan 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 Mathematical Recreations and Essays is still available from Dover.

By the way, Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter that comes out on Sundays and offers the week's best articles. You can sign up for it on their website.




Posted 12 Mar 2012 3:21 PM by Maria Sosa