Elsevier publishes new book on information age pioneer, Alan Turing

Elsevier today announced the publication of a new book, Alan Turing: His Work and Impact, edited by S. Barry Cooper and Jan van Leeuwen. The book brings insight into the context and significance of Alan Turing’s impact on mathematics, computing, computer science, informatics, morphogenesis, philosophy and the greater scientific world. It also includes the most significant original works from the 4-volume set of The Collected Works of A. M. Turing, as well as some of his previously unpublished content and images.

During World War II as a member of Bletchley Park’s code-breaking team, Turing broke the code behind Germany’s “Enigma Machine.” This work enabled the Allies to decipher the German’s coded messages about ship movement. He is also considered the founder of computing science, having developed in 1936 the “Turing Machine,” the foundation for the modern computer. A Turing Machine is a device that manipulates symbols on a strip of tape according to set of rules. It is a very simple machine that can be adapted to simulate the logic of any computer algorithm and is useful to explain the functions of a central processing unit (CPU) inside a computer.

In addition to the Turing book, Elsevier published several new titles in the areas of computer science and artificial intelligence:

Simple Steps to Data Encryption: A Practical Guide to Secure Computing
By Peter Loshin

Swarm Intelligence and Bio-Inspired Computation: Theory and Applications
By Xin-She Yang, Zhihua Cui, Renbin Xiao, Amir Hossein Gandomi and Mehmet Karamanoglu

Intelligent Networks: Recent Approaches and Applications in Medical Systems
By Syed Ahamed

Advances in Intelligence and Security Informatics
By Wenji Mao and Fei-Yue Wang

All of these books are available through the Elsevier Store or can be found on ScienceDirect, a full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books.