Jack Copeland, Jonathan Bowen, Mark Sprevak, and Robin Wilson, The Turing Guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, 576 pages, ill., ISBN: 978-01-98-74782-6.The world of Turing is infinite while The Turing Guide – naturally – is not, but this book does provide accounts and in-depth analysis of all the scientist’s works, including those not very well known, and of his rich, fascinating life that ended so tragically and prematurely.One of the editors’ aims, according to the preface, was to produce a volume that could be easy to read and could offer comprehensible explanations of complex scientific concepts and innovations. This objective has been fully achieved and the approach adopted is undoubtedly successful. The fact that this collection of forty-two essays covers every aspect of Turing’s life and work meant it run the risk risked of sounding haphazard, but it is not. The book is divided into numerous brief, focused, and well-written sections, and therefore readers can choose those parts that are most interesting to them.The articles, which were written by expert biographers, former friends, colleagues, as well as by Turing scholars and even one member of the scientist’s family (Sir John Dermot Turing, his nephew), take us on a gripping journey that
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