Series: Collected Works of A.M. Turing

The collected works of Turing, including a substantial amount of unpublished material, comprises of four volumes: Mechanical Intelligence, Pure Mathematics, Morphogenesis and Mathematical Logic.

Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954) was a brilliant man who made major contributions in several areas of science. Today his name is mentioned frequently in philosophical discussions about the nature of Artificial Intelligence. Actually, he was a pioneer researcher in computer architecture and software engineering; his work in pure mathematics and mathematical logic extended considerably further and his last work, on morphogenesis in plants, is also acknowledged as being of the greatest originality and of permanent importance. He was one of the leading figures in 20th century science, a fact which would have been known to the general public sooner but for the British Official Secrets Act, which prevented discussion of his wartime work.

What is maybe surprising about these papers is that although they were written decades ago, they address major issues which concern researchers today.

Book Series: Mathematical Logic

Most recent volume


Volume 4. Mathematical Logic

Published: 5th December 2001 Authors: R.O. Gandy C.E.M. Yates
Mathematical Logic is a collection of the works of one of the leading figures in 20th-century science. This collection of A.M. Turing's works is intended to include all his mature scientific writing, including a substantial quantity of unpublished material. His work in pure mathematics and mathematical logic extended considerably further; the work of his last years, on morphogenesis in plants, is also of the greatest originality and of permanent importance. This book is divided into three parts. The first part focuses on computability and ordinal logics and covers Turing's work between 1937 and 1938. The second part covers type theory; it provides a general introduction to Turing's work on type theory and covers his published and unpublished works between 1941 and 1948. Finally, the third part focuses on enigmas, mysteries, and loose ends. This concluding section of the book discusses Turing's Treatise on the Enigma, with excerpts from the Enigma Paper. It also delves into Turing's papers on programming and on minimum cost sequential analysis, featuring an excerpt from the unpublished manuscript. This book will be of interest to mathematicians, logicians, and computer scientists.

Additional volumes


Volume 3. Morphogenesis

Published: 26th November 1992 Editor: P.T. Saunders

Volume 1. Mechanical Intelligence

Published: 30th January 1992 Editor: D.C. Ince

Volume 2. Pure Mathematics

Published: 30th January 1992 Editor: J.L. Britton