The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 17, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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A "skillful and literate" (New York Times Book Review) biography of the persecuted genius who helped create the modern computer.

To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary computer. Then, attempting to break a Nazi code during World War II, he successfully designed and built one, thus ensuring the Allied victory. Turing became a champion of artificial intelligence, but his work was cut short. As an openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was illegal in England, he was convicted and forced to undergo a humiliating "treatment" that may have led to his suicide.

With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity—his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candor—and elegantly explains his work and its implications.
  

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Review: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)

User Review  - Seth Kramer - Goodreads

As a gay computer scientist and mathematician I have to agree with several reviewers. I feel the author has overemphasized Turing's homosexuality. Lots of conjecture about his feelings that is ... Read full review

Review: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)

User Review  - Steph Post - Goodreads

There was a little too much information about mathematical theory and logic in this biography for me, but someone who is interested in those details about Turing's work will certainly appreciate that ... Read full review

Contents

The Man in the White Suit
3
Watching the Daisies Grow
9
The Universal Machine
49
God Is Slick
99
The Tender Peel
139
The Electronic Athlete
191
The Imitation Game
231
Pryces Buoy
261
Notes
281
Further Reading
301
Index
305
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About the author (2006)

David Leavitt is the author of several novels (most recently, The Body of Jonah Boyd) and story collections. He teaches creative writing at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he lives.

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