Alan Turing: The Enigma

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Vintage, 1992 - Mathematicians - 586 pages
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"It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This New York Times?bestselling biography of the founder of computer science, with a new preface by the author that addresses Turing?s royal pardon in 2013, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life."--Amazon.com.

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User Review  - jms001 - LibraryThing

An epic dive into the life and times of one Mr. Alan Turing. This is a really thick book…so think about how much time you want to spend reading a biography about Alan Turing. Not that any of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - encephalical - LibraryThing

Engaging, but perhaps too thorough. I just don't care that his penmanship was messy, but I can see how if the author spent years pouring over Turing's correspondence that that would be a sticking ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

ANDREW HODGES was born in suburban London in 1949. Since 1972 he has been working on the theory of twistors -- the new approach to the problems of fundamental physics pioneered by the mathematician Roger Penrose. His interest in the mysterious figure of Alan Turing developed partly from his mathematical background, but also from his participation in the gay liberation movement of the 1970s. In 1977 he decided only a full-length biography of Turing could do justice to the issues involved, and this, his first full-length book, appeared in 1983. He has since returned to mathematics and is a Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University.

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