N°72 - 2020/1

The posterity of Alan Turing

The question of Turing’s heritage has long been answered by only mentioning the concept of computable information that is supposed to bridge the gap between exact and natural sciences on the one hand and social sciences on the other. To a large extent, one can no longer answer this question in those terms. Current research has indeed shown that, central to Turing’s questioning, lie the concepts of form and morphogenesis as opposed to formalism: the concept of computable information would at best be a component of them and its status should therefore be redefined. This is why it is timely to go back to Turing’s works and to explore a part of his heritage which may be less noticeable as it revolves around the concept of form but which may however prove to be relevant to exact, natural and social sciences alike today.
This issue should address the following key questions:

1 - The Turing Machine, 80 years later: The “diffraction” of the concept of computability
2 - Big data: Natural and Social Dynamics; Cryptography
3 - Theoretical Biology: Morphogenesis, Past and Present

Please send you manuscript (or your questions) to : soumission@intellectica.org
Instructions for authors : http://intellectica.org/fr/auteurs
Deadline : 1st of September, 2019

A. M. Turing, “On Computable Numbers, With an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem”, Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, Volume s2-42, Issue 1, 1937, pp. 230–265
A. M. Turing, “The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, Vol. 237, No. 641. (Aug. 14, 1952), pp. 37-72.
Juliet Floyd et Alisa Bolulich (eds). Philosophical Explorations of the Legacy of Alan Turing, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Springer, 2017.
Christof Teuscher ed Alan Turing: Life and Legacy of a Great Thinker, Springer, 2006.