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Alan Turing: The Enigma

Andrew Hodges


PUBLISHED: 13th November 2014
ISBN: 9781784700089
ANNOTATION:
The official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley Alan Turing was the mathematician whose cipher-cracking transformed the Second World War.
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PUBLISHED: 13th November 2014
ISBN: 9781784700089
ANNOTATION:
The official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley Alan Turing was the mathematician whose cipher-cracking transformed the Second World War.

Annotation

The official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley

Alan Turing was the mathematician whose cipher-cracking transformed the Second World War.

Publisher Description

The official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley

Alan Turing was the mathematician whose cipher-cracking transformed the Second World War. Taken on by British Intelligence in 1938, as a shy young Cambridge don, he combined brilliant logic with a flair for engineering. In 1940 his machines were breaking the Enigma-enciphered messages of Nazi Germany's air force. He then headed the penetration of the super-secure U-boat communications.

But his vision went far beyond this achievement. Before the war he had invented the concept of the universal machine, and in 1945 he turned this into the first design for a digital computer.

Turing's far-sighted plans for the digital era forged ahead into a vision for Artificial Intelligence. However, in 1952 his homosexuality rendered him a criminal and he was subjected to humiliating treatment. In 1954, aged 41, Alan Turing took his own life.

Author Biography

Andrew Hodges is Tutor in Mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford University. His classic text of 1983, since translated into several languages, created a new kind of biography, with mathematics, science, computing, war history, philosophy and gay liberation woven into a single personal narrative. He is an active contributor to the mathematics of fundamental physics, as a follower of Roger Penrose. See for further material.

Review

A first-rate presentation of the life of a first-rate scientific mind...it is hard to imagine a more thoughtful and warm biography than this one -- Douglas Hofstadter New York Times Book Review One of the finest scientific biographies ever written New Yorker A first-rate presentation of the life of a first-rate scientific mind New York Times Book Review Andrew Hodges' book is of exemplary scholarship and sympathy. Intimate, perceptive and insightful, it's also the most readable biography I've picked up in some time Time Out One of the finest scientific biographies I've ever read: authoritative, superbly researched, deeply sympathetic and beautifully told Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

Product Details

Author
Andrew Hodges
Year
2014
ISBN-10
1784700088
ISBN-13
9781784700089
Media
Book
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Publication Date
2014-11-13
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Edition
Film Tie-In
Pages
768
Subtitle
The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game