[Humanist] 27.398 confluence of ideas in 1936
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 398.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 06:50:17 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: the confluence of ideas in 1936
This in response to Susan Ford's interest in the publications on
effective computability in 1936: see Robin Gandy, "The Confluence of
Ideas in 1936", in Rolf Herken, ed., The Universal Turing Machine: A
Half-Century Survey. 2nd edn. Wien: Springer-Verlag, 1995, pp. 51-102.
Gandy, by the way, was Turing's student and a friend.
As Gandy points out, such simultaneous arrival at solutions is not an
uncommon phenomenon in mathematics and the other sciences. He cites
Newton's and Leibniz's development of the calculus. His metaphor is
"something in the air".
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Research Group in Digital
Humanities, University of Western Sydney
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