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Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2012
Superb! An insight written largely by his mother. Hence it contained a 'Mother's love and tenderness'. A more personal insight than the 'clinical tomes' in scientifically based writings. This book also casts doubt upon whether his death by cyanide poisoning was really suicide - maybe a terrible accident by someone who could be a bit careless at time!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2012
Most excellent to see a reprinting of the original book by Alan Turing's mother Sara Turing. Well worth a read by anyone interested in knowing a little more about this enigmantic Scientist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2015
I wanted to read this book as it was through the eyes of the mother. However, I found it next to useless it getting some insight into the real Alan Turing. A mother's love is, at it would seem, blind. The only saving grace is the part written by his brother at the end of the book.
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on 21 March 2015
There is so much that is interesting about Alan Turing; his contribution to computing, his contribution to mathematical logic, his contribution to winning WW2, his appalling treatment by the British state following this. Sadly, this book doesn't really engage with any of these topics, and deals instead with rather more mundane matters like what Alan's school reports were like (frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn). This is valuable source material for someone writing a Turing biography, but not worth reading otherwise.
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on 9 February 2015
the book has a reasonable price, it arrived in an excellent condition and in time; the book was sold at the London Science Museum when there was the Alan Turing exhibition in 2013 and I didn't buy it then because I was in a hurry, it is good in itself but also a fine souvenir from that excellent exhibition
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on 19 February 2015
A fascinating read and insight into someone who was immensely influential in the development of computer computation. It is a useful primer for Andrew Hodges biography Alan Turing: An Enigma.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2012
It is good to have Sara Turing's biography of her son made available in his centenary year, even if it perhaps tells the reader as much about her as about him. His brother's attitude to Alan's homosexuality is a frightening reminder of attitudes in what I assume were the 1950s, though there seems to be no indication of when the memoir as published here was written. [Reference is made (page xiv) to an earlier version of the document, but only one brief extract is provided.]

Though beautifully produced, I was disappointed to find a book from a distinguished academic press lacking an index. I was also surprised to see two different expansions of the abbreviation OBE (pages viii and 76) - neither of them correct.

Overall, this is something all Turing collectors will want for their libraries.
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on 21 February 2015
A very succinct biography, albeit by his mother, who is factual, without being judgemental.
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on 10 January 2015
What an incredible man with such an incredible original mind . What a waste!
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on 12 February 2015
Efficent, prompt service. Very interesting. Thanks!
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