[Humanist] 27.398 confluence of ideas in 1936

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Thu Oct 3 08:03:58 CEST 2013

                 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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