Cork: Turing, From Formalism to the Emergence of Forms by Jean Lassègue

Blackrock Castle Observatory, the Embassy of France in Ireland and CNRS Images are pleased to present you Saturday 7th of September 2013 at the Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork:

20:00 -21:30– Lecture

Join Jean Lassègue for….

Turing – From Formalism to the Emergence of Forms

This talk will begin with a screening of a short-film produced by CNRS Images entitled ‘The Turing Machine Comes True’ followed by a discussion with Jean Lassègue.

The pardon recently bestowed to Alan M. Turing by the British government as well as the numerous events celebrating his birth just over a century ago in 1912 have definitely made him a father figure in the area of Computer Science.
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The mathematical concept at the heart of this new science – that of a ‘Turing machine’ – bears his very name which is now definitely – and rightly – attached to the beginning of a new step forward in civilisation – the digital age. It is nevertheless rather unfortunate to limit the scope of his work to this brilliant idea and Jean shall try to put it into a broader perspective.

The very basic question Turing asked throughout his intellectual career was: ‘What is the scope of computation?’ and he managed to give three answers to this question.

The first one is: ‘What is computation?’ and the answer Turing gives laid the mathematical foundation of computability.

The second one is: ‘What is computable? and Turing’s answer paved the way to the notion of mechanical intelligence.

The last one is: ‘How the uncomputable can be conceived of?’ and Turing developed a theory of the emergence of biological forms.

During this talk Jean shall describe the question and the three answers given by Turing, as well as discussing his short and brilliant life.

An insight into Jean…

PNGJean Lassègue is a researcher at CNRS, attached to the Centre for Research in Applied Epistemology (CREA) of the Ecole Polytechnique.

Philosopher of science, he was first to describe the internal consistency of the overall work of Turing that gradually led to the formal study of the language of biological forms. Jean then broadened his perspective by integrating an anthropological perspective and is now trying to consider the emergence of the computer as a new step in the long history of writing.


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