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Title:
Alan Turing : the enigma : the book that inspired the film The Imitation Game
Author:
Hodges, Andrew.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Princeton, [New Jersey] : Princeton University Press, [2014].
Physical Description:
xxxii, 736 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 20 cm
Summary:
A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution. Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936-- the concept of a universal machine-- laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing's leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Despite his wartime service, Turing was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program-- all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.
General Note:
This edition with a new preface by the author.

"First published by Burnett Books Ltd in association with Hutchinson Publishing Group, 1983"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
Contents:
The logical. Esprit de Corps to 13 February 1930 ; The spirit of truth to 14 April 1936 ; New men to 3 September 1939 ; The relay race to 10 November 1942 -- Bridge passage to 1 April 1943 -- The physical. Running up to 2 September 1945 ; Mercury delayed to 2 October 1948 ; The Greenwood tree to 7 February 1952 ; On the beach to 7 June 1954 -- Postscript.
ISBN:
9780691164724
Format :
Book

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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 acclaimed 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.

Capturing both the inner and outer drama of Turing's life, Andrew Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936--the concept of a universal machine--laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. The book also tells how this work was directly related to Turing's leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. At the same time, this is the tragic account of a man who, despite his wartime service, was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program--all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.

The inspiration for a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Alan Turing: The Enigma is a gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution.


Author Notes

Andrew Hodges was born in London, England in 1949. He is a mathematician, author, and activist in the gay liberation movement of the 1970s. Since the early 1970s, he has worked on twistor theory. He is also known as the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma, the story of the British computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing. This book was the basis for the 2014 feature film The Imitation Game.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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