The first editions soft-cover initially made me worry that this was going to be yet another puffy-poo piece about enigma and Bletchley park, with those marvellous Cambridge chaps that won the second world war ...happily it is not.
So, you want to know how machine logic works and how to abstract algebraic notation onto tape?
The essential Turing could be described as an introduction to computer number theory and engineering, but also at it's core is an attempt at making accessible an understanding of the human that founded and drove this field in the very beginning, and the historic accounts of his breakthroughs.
The book follows Turing's work in a mostly linear fashion from 1936 up to 1954 and is divided into four parts.
A worthwhile addition to the growing body of material on Turing and related historical aspects of computing. The Essential Turing is a must for any library or individual wanting a comprehensive academic collection on Turing computation. ()
One of the most frustrating things about "history of science" books is that very few of them actually contain any of the original material, thus when you need to quote or look up a basic principle they are (to be generous) land fill. The Essential Turing delivers here for pretty much the first time a solid collection of the really important papers, awe inspiring lectures, notes and personal correspondence from the beginning of the modern machine. The scope of this man's mind will leave you weeping in the dust. (If not please contact me immediately ...you are needed).
In his 1953 paper 'Chess' in Faster Than Thought , Turing defines , and elaborates on , , and even as an early example of a . He does not explicitly mention the name Turochamp, but the 'Machine', and its game versus a human. in The Essential Turing, 2004 on Turing's paper: