By Andrew Hodges
It's only a mild exaggeration to assert that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) kept the Allies from the Nazis, invented the pc and synthetic intelligence, and expected homosexual liberation through decades--all ahead of his suicide at age 41. This ny occasions bestselling biography of the founding father of desktop technological know-how, with a brand new preface through the writer that addresses Turing’s royal pardon in 2013, is the definitive account of a rare brain and life.
taking pictures either the internal and outer drama of Turing’s existence, Andrew Hodges tells how Turing’s progressive inspiration of 1936--the suggestion of a common machine--laid the basis for the trendy laptop and the way Turing introduced the belief to useful recognition in 1945 along with his digital layout. The booklet additionally tells how this paintings used to be at once relating to Turing’s prime position in breaking the German Enigma ciphers in the course of global conflict II, a systematic triumph that used to be serious to Allied victory within the Atlantic. even as, this is often the tragic account of a guy who, regardless of his wartime provider, used to be finally arrested, stripped of his safeguard clearance, and compelled to suffer a humiliating therapy program--all for attempting to dwell in truth in a society that outlined homosexuality as a crime.
The notion for a huge movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Alan Turing: The Enigma is a gripping tale of arithmetic, desktops, cryptography, and gay persecution.
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Extra resources for Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game"
But I also imbued it with Whitman’s romance of the ‘history of the future’. These dreams from the nineteenth century still speak to the crimes and follies of the twenty-first. 1 Martin Davis, The Universal Computer (Norton, 2000). 2 Roger Penrose, The Emperor’s New Mind (OUP, 1989). 3 Richard J. Aldrich, GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain’s Most Secret Intelligence Agency (Harper, 2010). 4 The Observer, 11 November 2011: ‘My Hero, Alan Turing’. 5 W. Kozaczuk, tr. C. . (Arms and Armour Press, 1984).
He also liked recipes and formulae, and wrote down the ingredients for a dockleaf concoction for the cure of nettle-stings. The only books he had were little nature-study notebooks, supplemented by his mother reading The Pilgrim’s Progress aloud. Once she cheated by leaving out a long theological dissertation, but that made him very cross. ‘You spoil the whole thing,’ he shouted, and ran up to his bedroom. Perhaps he was responding to the uncompromising note of Bunyan’s plain-speaking Englishman.
However I am not at present in a state in which I am able to concentrate well, for reasons explained in next paragraph. I’ve now got myself into the kind of trouble that I have always considered to be quite a possibility for me, though I have usually rated it at about 10:1 against. I shall shortly be pleading guilty to a charge of sexual offences with a young man. The story of how it all came to be found out is a long and fascinating one, which I shall have to make into a short story one day, but haven’t the time to tell you now.
Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film "The Imitation Game" by Andrew Hodges