Alan Turing’s Legacy: Info-computational Philosophy of Nature
Kapitel i bok, 2013

Alan Turing’s pioneering work on computability, and his ideas on morphological computing support Andrew Hodges’ view of Turing as a natural philosopher. Turing’s natural philosophy differs importantly from Galileo’s view that the book of nature is written in the language of mathematics (The Assayer, 1623). Computing is more than a language used to describe nature as computation produces real time physical behaviors. This article presents the framework of Natural info-computationalism as a contemporary natural philosophy that builds on the legacy of Turing’s computationalism. The use of info-computational conceptualizations, models and tools makes possible for the first time in history modeling of complex self-organizing adaptive systems, including basic characteristics and functions of living systems, intelligence, and cognition.

Alan Turing Morphological computing Natural computing Infocomputation


Gordana Dodig Crnkovic

Computing Nature Volume 7 of the series Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

978-3-642-37224-7 (ISBN)


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