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Alan Turing's Automatic Computing EngineThe Master Codebreaker's Struggle to build the Modern Computer$
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B. Jack Copeland

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198565932

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198565932.001.0001

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From Turing machine to ‘electronic brain’

From Turing machine to ‘electronic brain’

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(p.173) 7 From Turing machine to ‘electronic brain’
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Alan Turing's Automatic Computing Engine
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Teresa Numerico

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198565932.003.0008

This chapter examines the relationships and differences between the various machines that Alan M. Turing developed in fields ranging from logic and the theory of computability to cryptanalysis, computer science, and artificial intelligence. Topics covered include Turing's role in the Enigma decryption project during the Second World War, the ACE project, and relationships between Turing and various US groups. Turing's project is compared with von Neumann's to highlight their similarities and differences.

Keywords:   Alan M. Turing, computers, codebreaking, programming, ACE, von Neumann

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