Professor Copeland
Professor Copeland
 
Position:
 
Honorary Professor
 
Contact Details:
 
Department of Philosophy
University of Canterbury
New Zealand
 
Email: jack.copeland@canterbury.ac.nz
 
Qualifications:
 
BA
BPhil
DPhil
FRS NZ
 
Research interests:
 
My areas of research expertise are History and Philosophy of Science and Technology; Mathematical Logic; and the Philosophy and Foundations of Computing. Also Philosophical Logic; Metaphysics; Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy of Mind; and Philosophy of Religion. I co-pioneered the field of hypercomputation; and I have contributed significantly to scholarship on Alan Turing. I founded and edit the Rutherford Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and co-direct the award-winning Turing Archive for the History of Computing.
 
Current research projects:
 
Book on Philosophy of Religion (Blackwell); book on Turing (Oxford University Press).
 
Recent publications (2013-2014):
 
Chapters of Books, Encyclopaedia and Dictionary Entries:
  • “Turing and the Physics of the Mind”. In Cooper, S.B., van Leeuwen, J. (eds) Alan Turing: His Work and Impact, Amsterdam: Elsevier (2013), pp. 651-666.
  • “Turing versus Gödel on Computability and the Mind”. In Copeland, B.J., Posy, C., Shagrir, O. (eds) Computability: Gödel, Turing, Church and Beyond, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press (2013), pp. 1-33. (Jointly written with Oron Shagrir.)
  • “The 1930s Revolution”. In Copeland, B.J., Posy, C., Shagrir, O. (eds) Computability: Gödel, Turing, Church, and Beyond, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press (2013). (Jointly written with Oron Shagrir and Carl Posy.)
  • “Artificial Intelligence”. In Margolis, E., Samuels, R. and Stich S.P. (eds), Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 147-182. (Invited contribution, jointly written with Diane Proudfoot.)
 
Exhibitions: 
  • Alan Turing’s Papers, Bletchley Park, 2012-. The first permanent exhibition of Turing’s work, consisting of 18 of his mathematical and philosophical papers and computer patents, purchased by the Bletchley Park Trust (with support from Google) at auction in February 2011. I was invited by the Director of the Trust to prepare an introduction to each paper, together with an introduction to the exhibition, a biography of Turing, and an article “Turing and the Evolution of the Computer”. The exhibition opened to the public in 2012, with a private showing to Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh earlier in the year.
  • Tunny, Bletchley Park, 2013-. A large permanent exhibition concerning the history of cryptography. Co-curated with Gillian Mason. A second, interactive stage is being added in 2014.
 
Internet:
 
Media:
  • Live 60-minute documentary on Turing's life and work on the 102nd anniversary of his birth, Midday with Margaret Throsby, ABC Radio National, 23 June 2014. (I wrote the script and selected the music as well as appearing.) http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2014/06/23/4028742.htm.
  • Live interview with Robbie Buck about the Turing Test on ABC Radio's Sydney 702 Breakfast Show, 10 June 2014.
  • Interview for Leonardo Magazine on Czech National Radio, 4 June 2014. http://prehravac.rozhlas.cz/audio/3136657.
  • Interview for current affairs program Hyde Park Civilization on Czech National Television, 24 May 2014. http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/specialy/hydepark-civilizace/24.5.2014/ and http://goo.gl/cm5hc3.
  • How Mathematics Beat Hitler. Documentary, Les Films D'Ici, Paris, directed by Denis van Waerebeke. Commissioned by the European Arte TV network. Story advisor, script consultant; interviewed extensively on screen. Film premiered in Paris in May 2014.
  • Live interview with Robbie Buck about codebreaking on ABC Radio's Sydney 702 Breakfast Show, 28 March 2014.
  • Interviewed by Paddy O'Connell on BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House, 30 June 2013. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0366xs6.
 
Talks:
  • Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2014. Keynote address to the 49th International Festival of Science Documentary Films.
  • Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2014. Invited lecture, 49th International Festival of Science Documentary Films.
  • Bletchley Park, UK, 2013. Keynote address to a one-day conference Codebreakers' Legacy.
  • UK CRYPTOS Group, Reform Club, Pall Mall, London, 2013. Invited lecture.
  • UNIMAS, Kuching, Malaysia, 2013. Keynote address to ICCS2013 – 9th International Conference on Cognitive Science.
  • UNIMAS, Kuching, Malaysia, 2013. Invited pre-conference address to ICCS2013 – 9th International Conference on Cognitive Science.
  • Macquarie University, Sydney, 2013. Invited by the Department of Computer Science to give a public lecture.
  • University of Bologna, Italy, 2013. Keynote address at the conference Thinking Shadows.
 
Biography:
 
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.
 
Other Activities and Service:
  • In 2009 he was awarded the University of Canterbury Research Medal.
  • In 2010 he was voted by students the University of Canterbury Lecturer of the Year.

 

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