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The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing And The Invention Of The Computer (Great Discoveries) [Paperback]

David Leavitt
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a painful and slightly deranged story, a case history to illustrate Freud's notion that modern man is a 'prosthetic god', immortailised by his technological appliances. It is guaranteed to make you feel tenderly towards the martyred Turing (Peter Conrad THE OBSERVER )

[Leavitt's] description of Turing's great paper on computable numbers really does explain what it was about and why it was important. (THE TIMES )

Leavitt's biography will give even the most innumerate reader an idea of the beautiful and fascinating world he is missing. (THE ECONOMIST )

Turing... showed that no mathematical system can provide a general method for testing the truth or falsehood of its theorems. (THE SPECTATOR )

A thoroughly compelling read. (CITY A.M. )

Leavitt provides a sympathetic novelist's take on a brilliant eccentric... a picture of the fragility of human genius. (THE GUARDIAN )

Alan Turing's story will still fascinate those who come to it through this book. (THE INDEPENDENT )

a peculiarly British tragedy, where genius is subordinate to the status quo and conformity prized above all. (TIME OUT ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

The story of the persecuted genius who helped create the modern computer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David Leavitt is the author of several novels, including most recently The Body of Jonah Boyd, and story collections. He teaches creative writing at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he lives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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