Book: "The Once and Future Turing - Computing the World"
Editors: S. Barry Cooper and Andrew Hodges
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2013
Level of presentation:
Will take Scientific
American articles as a model, but allow more
mathematical expressions than Scientific American does.
Pictures and diagrams would be welcome.
The volume will be written by world-leading experts, but be relatively
accessible and informative to both experts and non-experts.
Contributions expressing a contemporary viewpoint on topics and
areas influenced by Turing are encouraged.
Outline of contents:
- General preface
- Artificial intelligence / philosophy of Mind
- Computability in mathematics and logic
- Number theory and the Riemann hypothesis
- Beyond computability in mathematics and physics
- Quantum mechanics in computing, complexity and cryptology
- Emergence in nature
Notes, and invited contributors, for each section:
- Should contain a general introduction, containing background,
introducing the authors and their contributions
Andrew Hodges: Introduction
- The structure of contributions should emphasise that
Turing advocated both top-down and bottom-up approaches to AI.
- A Dialogue in Honor of Alan
Mathison Turing by
Designed versus Intrinsic Computation
Algorithms, Equations, and Logic
Solomon Feferman and S. Barry Cooper:
Turing's `Oracle' Revisited: From Absolute to Relative
Computability - and Back
The Forgotten Turing
- This section might also have some very interesting things to say
about more general use of computation in pure mathematical research, in
ways that were totally impossible in Turing's time, but where he was a pioneer.
Turing and the Primes
Riemann Hypothesis, what Turing did and what computation can
now achieve. With some examples
of other current number-theoretic conjectures,
plus some plots and illustrations of prime number
- Should explore the question what logicians now see as the role of
logic in understanding the world,
as reflected in the whole book. A big topic.
S. Barry Cooper: Computing
in an Incomputable World
An overview of logical approaches to computability
in the real world. Will look at the delicate balance between
mathematical structure and embodied computation in
On Attempting to Model the Mathematical Mind
Beyond the Event Horizon
- A topic which leads into complexity theory, P/NP etc.
The Ghost in the Quantum Turing Machine
Cryptography and Computation after Turing
Discussion of some modern topics in cryptography and
information theory in relation to Turing's work.
This piece might also touch on the
whole emergent question of synthetic life and
the relationship between morphogenesis and evolutionary theory.
Walking the Tightrope: the Dilemma of Hierarchical
Instabilities in Morphogenesis
Stuart Kauffman: Answering Descartes:
An open quantum
information processing system that is also in 'Poised Realm',
exhibits classical behavior: a Trans-Turing system that is
not algorithmic. New
physics, arising for open quantum
systems, including both decoherence, the quantum AntiZeno effect as
confirmed experimentally, and more recently REcoherence from classical
behavior back to quantum coherent behavior. Relevance
to theories of
Philip Maini, Thomas Woolley, Eamonn Gaffney and
Turing's Theory of
Biological Pattern Formation
A brief introduction to pattern formation.
Turing's model -
Its predictions and ideas that emerge; developmental constraints.
Examples where the model is consistent with experiment.
Examples where it is not.
Present day applications.
Other models proposed.
What Turing Might Have Discovered