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Alan Turing: The Enigma [Paperback]

Andrew Hodges

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14 Nov 2014

A new edition to celebrate Alan Turing's centenary, includes a new foreword by the author and a preface by Douglas Hofstadter.

Alan Turing was the extraordinary Cambridge mathematician who masterminded the cracking of the German Enigma ciphers and transformed the Second World War. But his vision went far beyond this crucial achievement. Before the war he had formulated 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 committed suicide and one of Britain's greatest scientific minds was lost.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (14 Nov 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1784700088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1784700089
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 I've ever read: authoritative, superbly researched, deeply sympathetic and beautifully told" (Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind)

"Andrew Hodge's 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 ever written" (New Yorker)

"Save your money for the forthcoming new edition of Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, regarded by many as one of the greatest biographies of anyone, let along Turing" (Robert Matthews BBC Focus Magazine)

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The full story behind the persecuted genius of wartime codebreaking and the computer revolution.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of A Man Who Created the Foundations of Computer Science 2 Dec 2013
By Alan A. Jorgensen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing story about an amazing man who, with Alonzo Church, invented computer science. During WW II he applied his mind to the problem of cracking the German encryption system, Enigma, used to communicate with German submarines in the Atlantic. That is but one of his stories. The story of the end of his life is heartbreaking.

I am proud that by coincidence I share his given name.

Just one of the thing he accomplished in his life was to prove that there are computational problems that cannot be solved.
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