Alan Turing — a book list

A brief search on brought up the following reference works relating the Turing's life, work and legacy.
I have ommitted works of fiction and some print-on-demand titles.
I have tried to give some annotation although I only know a few of these books at all well. Where possible I have provided a link to a book review.
Clicking on the titles will take you to the listing for further bibliographic information, 'Look Inside' etc.
  1. B. Jack Copeland (ed.), The Essential Turing, Oxford University Press, 2004.
    Turing's outut, each item being comprehensively summarised and explained. Review
  2. B. Jack Copeland, Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age, Oxford University Press, 2012 (in press).
    One anticipates something authoritative, up-to-date and comprehensive.
  3. George Dyson, Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe, Allen Lane, 2012.
    Mostly about computers, mostly, I think, from a US perspective. Review
  4. Andrew Hodges, The Alan Turing: The Enigma, Vintage, 1992.
    The biography.
  5. Andrew Hodges, Turing (Great Philosophers), Routledge, 1999.
    From the back cover: "...critical analysis of Turing's developing thought, relating to his extraordinary life, and also to more recent ideas of Roger Penrose."
  6. Simon Lavington (ed.), Alan Turing and His Contemporaries: Building the World's First Computers, British Computer Society, 2012.
    Properly edited collection of articles on the history of computing produced by the Computer Conservation Society. Review
  7. David Leavitt, The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer, W. W. Norton 2005.
    More modern but more lightweight and popularist than Hodges. Review
  8. Peter Millican and Andy Clark, Machines and Thought: The Legacy of Alan Turing, Vol 1, and Connectionism, Concepts, and Folk Psychology: The Legacy of Alan Turing, Vol 2, Clarendon Press, 1996.
    Proceedings of a 1990 UK conference. Aimed at a professional readership. Review
  9. Charles Petzold, The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine, Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2008.
    The 1936 paper; in case the gloss in Copeland's Essential Turing isn't enough. Review
  10. Anne Rooney, Alan Turing and His Binary Computer Code, Evans Brothers Ltd, 2013 (in press).
    One anticipates something aimed (very professionally) at the mass market.
  11. Christof Teuscher (ed.), Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker, Springer, Berlin, 2004.
    Beautifully produced but loosely edited conference proceedings: high quality articles aimed at a professional readership. Bonuses: foreword by Douglas Hofstadter and a translation of Valeria Patera's play Adam's Apple: Hacking the Turing Test.
  12. Sara Turing, Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
    The 1959 Biography of Turing by his mother, this edition having a new foreword by Martin Davis and an afterword by Turing's brother.


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