Q: Alan Turing is often credited as being the “father of the computer.” But the English mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage had conceived and designed the first mechanical computer back in the 19th century that eventually led to more complex designs. What is your view regarding this? A: Babbage famously said that his “analytic engine” could do anything except compose country dances,…

Q: You’re a critically acclaimed novelist and a professor of English at the University of Florida. What prompted you to write a book on an obscure mathematician by the name of Alan Turing covering such arcane topics as Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems, recursion theory, Church’s lambda calculus, etc.? Do you have a mathematical background? A: My mathematical education ended with high…

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