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The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer - Paul Michael Garcia, David Leavitt
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer
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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... show more
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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Format: audiobook
ASIN: B00KN17XQK
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Minutes: 555
Edition language: English
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Familiar Diversions
Familiar Diversions rated it
3.0 The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer by David Leavitt, narrated by Paul Michael Garcia
This is a tough book for me to review, because at least 50% of it went in one ear and out the other. Don't get me wrong, it was interesting, it's just that I couldn't follow a lot of it.Part of the problem was the diagrams. I'm pretty sure there were a lot of them, especially in the first half of th...
KCPolski
KCPolski rated it
3.0 The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)
Reviews are, of course, subjective. So, when I give it three stars, it is mostly because I don't feel I was the right audience for this book, and not because I think it was inherently bad. One who really has a fascination with mathematics and/or the development of computers would probably really e...
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books
A Scottish-Canadian Blethering On About Books rated it
4.0 The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer
I found this a fascinating book, even though the mathematical concepts in the middle chapters were a bit of a hard slog. Still, even if I didn't fully follow the explanations, it was entirely helpful to get a sense of the territories in which Turing's mind was working. And the bit about the Enigma m...
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