Monday, February 23, 2009

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin

I enjoyed this book because it was an interesting exploration into the partly imagined personalities and lives of Alan Turing and Kurt Gödel – two of the most important intellectuals of the past century. A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines was a work of historical fiction yet it appears to be incredibly well-researched. There were many times where I appreciated the writing and certain sentences, but it was really about the content: logic, math, philosophy, faith vs. science, free will vs. determinism, mechanization of thought, intellectuality, and limitations of knowledge and the power of computers.
Consequently, I recommend this work to those who would enjoy such content and but not to those seeking more than satisfactory prose.


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