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5.0 out of 5 stars Deciphering Alan Turing
This is an immense book; a staggeringly thorough biography; the author appears to have left no stone unturned in his search for the real man behind the 'enigma'. Alan Turing emerges as a man who was ahead of his time in his ideas of machine intelligence and his understanding of his own sexuality; but one who was paradoxically also 'born too late', for the breadth of his...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The story of the man who could have created Britain's computer industry
This is a lengthy book and, unfortunately, not the easiest on the reader. It is a story of brilliance intermixed with moments of tragedy and success, all of which contributed towards Turing's personality.
Essentially, Turing was a mathematician who was found to have a talent for solving complex mathematical problems, a talent much needed at the critical point...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Turing: The Enigma (of intelligence),
A welcome, humane and sympathetic book written by someone who understands the mathematics. If the maths becomes too deep, you can always skip lightly over it (as I had to). I think Turing was the greatest English genius since Newton and this book by Andrew Hodges does him justice. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable revelations.,
This review is from: Alan Turing: The Enigma (Paperback)
Excellent account of events of which we new almost nothing at the time.
When Turing's name came up in the early 1960's in Cambridge in a course of Lectures on Mathematical Logic the lecturer (Mr. Steen) just said 'there's a story to be told' but left it at that. Now the story has been told.
5.0 out of 5 stars Enigma,
This book proved to be an eye-opener for me. There has been so much specul;ation surrounding the life of Alan Turing it was fine to discover the truth at last. A good book with much useful information in it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for an overseas friend,
This review is from: Alan Turing: The Enigma (Hardcover)
Very interesting book, a brilliant man who was sadly born in a time when people were less understanding and unaccepting.
3.0 out of 5 stars I would have liked more about the man as a human being rather ...,
Lots of detail and sound, but I think it is weaker slavishly following a chronological approach. I bought this thinking it was primarily a biography. I would have liked more about the man as a human being rather than his contribution with many others to winning the war.
4.0 out of 5 stars much of the book is concerned with mathematics which I ...,
much of the book is concerned with mathematics which I don't understand but it is intriguing all the same. I am reading it because I wanted more insight into Alan T having watched the film 'The Imitation Game'.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a fantastic fascinating read,
This review is from: Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game (Paperback)
This is such a fantastic fascinating read.
It can act as reasonable primer to certain subjects in logic and computing too.
However the story, the man, so well written.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book based on letters and original material from Turing's ...,
Excellent book based on letters and original material from Turing's life. Helps us to understand how we got our smartphones and the technology today. what a wonderful man Turing was.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull academic and dated,
This formed the basis for the recent film, giving many details of Turing's childhood and post-war activities. It was written before full details of his wartime activity were able to be explained in public, so this part of the story is underplayed. It has an academic style with full references, but this makes it a very dull 'read' today. It is hard to grasp why Turing's early work was so ground-breaking or why he is now viewed as the father of computing.
4.0 out of 5 stars ... are not in to mathematic or science but a brilliant book overall,
Too technical at times if you are not in to mathematic or science but a brilliant book overall. It gives a good picture of Alan Turing and the time he was living in
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Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges (Paperback - 5 Mar 1992)