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Andrew Hodges

Geburtstag: 1949

Andrew Philip Hodges ist ein britischer mathematischer Physiker.

Hodges promovierte 1975 an der Universität London bei Roger Penrose . Zurzeit ist er Tutorial Fellow am Wadham College der Oxford University, wo er auch Vorlesungen über Allgemeine Relativitätstheorie hält. Er beschäftigte sich insbesondere mit der Twistor-Theorie von Roger Penrose und deren Anwendung in der Elementarteilchenphysik. Vor allem ist er bekannt als Autor der maßgeblichen Biographie von Alan Turing, erschienen 1983. Die Idee dazu entstand in den 1970er Jahren, als Hodges in der homosexuellen Bewegung in Großbritannien aktiv war . Hodges Buch liefert die Grundlage für den Film The Imitation Game mit Benedict Cumberbatch und Keira Knightley in den Hauptrollen.

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„Turing machine.“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„For him, breaking the Enigma was much easier than the problem of dealing with other people, especially with those holding power.“ Alan Turing: The Enigma


„Could a machine ever be said to have made its own decisions? Could a machine have beliefs? Could a machine make mistakes? Could a machine believe it made its own decisions? Could a machine erroneously attribute free will to itself? Could a machine come up with ideas that had not been programmed into it in advance? Could creativity emerge from a set of fixed rules? Are we – even the most creative among us – but passive slaves to the laws of physics that govern our neurons?“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„For him there had to be a reason for everything; it had to make sense – and to make one sense, not two.“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„Is there intelligence without life? Is there mind without communication? Is there language without living? Is there thought without experience?“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„Perhaps this was the most surprising thing about Alan Turing. Despite all he had done in the war, and all the struggles with stupidity, he still did not think of intellectuals or scientists as forming a superior class.“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„can thinking and feeling emerge from patterns of activity in different sorts of substrate – organic, electronic, or otherwise?“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„317 is a prime, not because we think so, or because our minds are shaped in one way rather than another, but because it is so, because mathematical reality is built that way.“ Alan Turing: The Enigma


„He developed a particularly annoying way of ignoring the teaching during the term and then coming top in the examination.“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„Atheist, homosexual, eccentric, marathon-running English mathematician, A. M. Turing was in large part responsible not only for the concept of computers, incisive theorems about their powers, and a clear vision of the possibility of computer minds, but also for the cracking of German ciphers during the Second World War.“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„Is a mind a complicated kind of abstract pattern that develops in an underlying physical substrate, such as a vast network of nerve cells? If so, could something else be substituted for the nerve cells – something such as ants, giving rise to an ant colony that thinks as a whole and has an identity – that is to say, a self? Or could something else be substituted for the tiny nerve cells, such as millions of small computational units made of arrays of transistors, giving rise to an artificial neural network with a conscious mind? Or could software simulating such richly interconnected computational units be substituted, giving rise to a conventional computer (necessarily a far faster and more capacious one than we have ever seen) endowed with a mind and a soul and free will?“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„For Alan Turing did not think of himself as placed in a superior category by virtue of his brains, and only insisted upon playing what happened to be his own special part.“ Alan Turing: The Enigma


„The point of what Einstein had done did not lie in this or that experiment. It lay, as Alan saw, in the ability to doubt, to take ideas seriously, and to follow them to a logical if upsetting conclusion.“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„In short, can thinking and feeling emerge from patterns of activity in different sorts of substrate – organic, electronic, or otherwise?“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„He called the scientific subjects ‘low cunning’, and would sniff and say, ‘This room smells of mathematics! Go out and fetch a disinfectant spray!“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

„Alan had become more prepared to go along with the system. It was not that he had ever rebelled, for he had only withdrawn; nor was it now a reconciliation, for he was still withdrawn. But he would take the ‘obvious duties’ as conventions rather than impositions, as long as they interfered with nothing important.“ Alan Turing: The Enigma

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