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Alan Turing: The Enigma - Andrew Hodges, Douglas R. Hofstadter
Alan Turing: The Enigma
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Alan Turing (1912-54) was a British mathematician who made history. His breaking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II ensured Allied-American control of the Atlantic. But Turing's vision went far beyond the desperate wartime struggle. Already in the 1930s he had defined the concept... show more
Alan Turing (1912-54) was a British mathematician who made history. His breaking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II ensured Allied-American control of the Atlantic. But Turing's vision went far beyond the desperate wartime struggle. Already in the 1930s he had defined the concept of the universal machine, which underpins the computer revolution. In 1945 he was a pioneer of electronic computer design. But Turing's true goal was the scientific understanding of the mind, brought out in the drama and wit of the famous "Turing test" for machine intelligence and in his prophecy for the twenty-first century. Drawn in to the cockpit of world events and the forefront of technological innovation, Alan Turing was also an innocent and unpretentious gay man trying to live in a society that criminalized him. In 1952 he revealed his homosexuality and was forced to participate in a humiliating treatment program, and was ever after regarded as a security risk. His suicide in 1954 remains one of the many enigmas in an astonishing life story.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802775801 (0802775802)
Publisher: Walker & Company
Pages no: 608
Edition language: English
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payamtameh
payamtameh rated it
3.0 Alan Turing: The Enigma
Good: another biography about world war.Bad: another biography about world war.Ugly: another biography about world war.3.5
Bettie's Books
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4.5 Alan Turing: The Enigma
bookshelves: winter-20142015, published-1983, sciences, nonfiction, biography, glbt, wwii Recommended for: Laura, Wanda et al Read from January 27 to February 05, 2015 Description: Alan Turing (1912-54) was a British mathematician who made history. His breaking of the German U-boat Enigma ciphe...
XOX
XOX rated it
4.5 A good book about the father of computer Alan Turing
This book is published in the 80s. But because of the "Imitation Game", it gets popular again. And it is good that it got popular that I got the chance to read this. On the first 100 pages are all about Alan schooling and first love. He loved his childhood friend Christopher, who died before Alan ...
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4.5 Alan Turing: The Enigma
Proximate Cause & Goodness of Fit I'm not too proud to admit that the impetus for my picking up this biography was a trailer for the upcoming film on Alan Turing and his involvement with cracking the Enigma code during WWII (The Imitation Game). However, if you are interested exclusively (or even pr...
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