Turing's Man: Western Culture in the Computer Age

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UNC Press Books, 1984 - 264 pages
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Discusses the role of technology in Western civilization and examines the impact of the computer on modern culture
 

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Contents

Introduction The Measure of Technological Change
3
The Computer as a Defining Technology
8
Turings Man
12
Defining Technologies In Western Culture
15
Manual Technology and the Ancient World
17
Mechanical Technology and Western Europe
24
Dynamic Technology and Western Europe
29
Electronic Technology
32
Electronic Language
124
The Hierarchy off Computer Language
127
Poetry and Logic
132
The Ancient View
134
The Western European View
138
Silent Structures
145
Electronic Memory
151
Digital Memory Technology
152

From the Clock to the Computer
37
The Electronic Brain
40
Principles of Operation
43
The von Neumann Computer
47
Hardware and Software
49
Embodied Symbol Mathematics by Computer
53
Binary Representation and Numerical Analysis
54
Mathematics and Culture
59
Embodied Mathematics
63
Embodied Symbol Logic by Computer
66
Truth and the von Neumann Machine
67
The Triumph of Logic
71
The Embodiment of Logical Thought
75
Electronic Space
80
Physical Space
81
Logical Space
83
Finite Place
90
Infinite Space
93
The Geometry of Electronic Space
96
Time and Progress in the Computer Age
100
Electronic Clocks
101
Time Experienced and Measured
105
Progress In Circles
109
The Idea off Progress
115
The Art of Memory
157
Information Retrieval and Electronic Power
162
Creator and Creation
165
Coherence and Correspondence
166
Electronic Limits
174
Creating by Hand and by Machine
180
Reason and Necessity
184
Electronic Play
186
Artificial Intelligence
189
Turings Game 191
191
Language Memory and Other Games
197
The Technology of Making Man
201
The Electronic Image of Man
206
Artifact and Artificer
211
Natural Man
214
From Socrates to Faust to Turing
216
Living with Turings Man
228
Invention and Discovery
231
The Computer as a Tool
232
Synthetic Intelligence
238
Glossary of Computer Terms
241
Annotated Bibliography
247
Index
257
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About the author (1984)

J. David Bolter is Wesley Chair of New Media at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is author or coauthor of three other books, including Windows and Mirrors: Interaction Design, Digital Art, and the Myth of Transparency.

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