Professor Jack Copeland

Honorary Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Overview

Jack Copeland FRS NZ is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. In 2012 he was Royden B. Davis Visiting Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University, Washington DC. His books include The Essential Turing (Oxford University Press), Colossus: The Secrets of Bletchley Park’s Codebreaking Computers (Oxford University Press), Alan Turing’s Electronic Brain (Oxford University Press), Logic and Reality (Oxford University Press), and Artificial Intelligence (Blackwell); and he has published more than 100 articles on the philosophy and history of computing, and mathematical and philosophical logic. He is recognised as a leading authority on Turing's work, and in June of 2004, the 50th anniversary of Turing’s death, he delivered the first annual Turing Memorial Lecture at Bletchley Park National Museum and lectured on Turing’s life and work at the Royal Institution of London. He received the Scientific American Sci/Tech Web Award for his on-line archive www.AlanTuring.net. A Londoner by birth, he earned a B.Phil. with Distinction from the University of Oxford followed by a D.Phil. in mathematical logic. At Oxford he was taught by Turing's student and friend Robin Gandy. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles, a visiting professor at the universities of Sydney, Aarhus, Melbourne, and Portsmouth, and a senior fellow of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a past president of the U.S.-based Society for Machines and Mentality and is the founding editor of the Rutherford Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. His latest book, a highly accessible biography of Turing entitled Turing Pioneer of the Information Age, published with Oxford University Press in 2012.

Research Interests

  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Philosophy and Foundations of Computing
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion

Qualifications

  • DPhil, University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College
  • BPhil with distinction, University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College
  • BA with First Class Honours, University of Exeter

Publications

  • Copeland, Jack (2017) Alan Turing's lost notebook. Bletchley Park Magazine, 22-23.

  • Copeland, B. Jack and Long, Jason (2017). Turing and the history of computer music. In Juliet Floyd and Alisa Bokulich (Ed.), Philosophical explorations of the legacy of Alan Turing (pp. 189-218) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-53280-6_8

  • Copeland, B. Jack, Haeff, Andre A., Gough, Peter and Wright, Cameron (2016) Screen history: the Haeff Memory and Graphics Tube. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 39 1: 9-28. doi:10.1109/MAHC.2016.1

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Copeland, B. Jack and Long, Jason (2017). Turing and the history of computer music. In Juliet Floyd and Alisa Bokulich (Ed.), Philosophical explorations of the legacy of Alan Turing (pp. 189-218) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-53280-6_8

  • Copeland, B. J. (2016). Alan Turing. In Encyclopaedia Britannica (pp. x-x) Online: Encyclopaedia Britannica.

  • Copeland, B. Jack and Sommaruga, Giovanni (2015). The stored-program universal computer: did Zuse anticipate Turing and von Neumann?. In Giovanni Sommaruga and Thomas Strahm (Ed.), Turing's revolution: the impact of his ideas about computability (pp. 43-101) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-22156-4_3

  • Copeland, B. Jack, Posy, Carl J. and Shagrir, Oron (2013). Introduction: the 1930s revolution. In B. Jack Copeland, Carl J. Posy and Oron Shagrir (Ed.), Computability: Turing, Gödel, Church, and Beyond (pp. vii-x) Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press Books.

  • Copeland, B. Jack (2013). Turing and the physics of the mind. In Cooper, S. Barry and van Leeuwen, Jan (Ed.), Alan Turing: His Work and Impact (pp. 651-659) Waltham, MA, USA: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-386980-7.50034-4

  • Copeland, B. Jack and Shagrir, Oron (2013). Turing versus Godel on computability and the mind. In B. Jack Copeland, Carl J. Posy and Oron Shagrir (Ed.), Computability: Turing, Gödel, Church, and Beyond (pp. 1-34) Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.

  • Proudfoot, Diane and Copeland, B. Jack (2012). Artificial intelligence. In Eric Margolis, Richard Samuels and Stephen P. Stich (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science (pp. 147-182) New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195309799.013.0007

  • Copeland, B. Jack and Proudfoot, Diane (2012). Turing and the Computer. In B. Jack Copeland. (Ed.), Alan Turing's Electronic Brain: The Struggle to Build the ACE, the World's Fastest Computer (pp. 107-148) Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Copeland, Jack and Proudfoot, Diane (2009). Turing's test: a philosophical and historical guide. In Robert Epstein, Gary Roberts and Grace Beber (Ed.), Parsing the Turing Test: Philosophical and Methodological Issues in the Quest for the Thinking Computer (pp. 119-138) Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-6710-5_9

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Copeland, Jack (2014). Invited lecture. In: AFO 49th International Science Documentary Festival, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, (). 15-20 April 2014.

  • Copeland, Jack (2014). Keynote address. In: AFO 49th International Science Documentary Festival, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, (). 15-20 April 2014.

  • Copeland, Jack (2013). Hypercomputation. In: ICCS 2013: 9th International Conference on Cognitive Science, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, (). 27-30 August, 2013.

  • Copeland, Jack (2013). Hypermachines: a growing shadow. In: Thinking Shadows: Art of Memory and Morphogenesis of Ideal Entities, Bologna, Italy, (). 13-14 June 2013.

  • Copeland, Jack (2013). The imitation game: Alan Turing and artificial intelligence. In: ICCS 2013: 9th International Conference on Cognitive Science, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, (). 27-30 August, 2013.

  • Copeland, Jack (2013). Tommy Flowers and the birth of the electronic digital computer. In: Codebreakers' Legacy, Bletchley Park, UK, (). 9 November, 2013.

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