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Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition by [Turing, Sara]
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'The book is full of brilliant treasures, anecdotal accounts of Turing's eccentricity and genius, and insights into his science … This little book, with its kaleidoscopic picture of Alan Turing's short life, goes some way towards de-coding his mind, and his family.' The Guardian

'Well-written and tackles some of Turing's mathematical work.' Engineering and Technology

'… the readers of the new edition can benefit from a previously unpublished memoir by Alan's older brother John, as well as a new foreword by Martin Davis; both texts provide a different view of Alan Turing, and represent a nice complement to the main part of the book.' Antonin Slavik, Zentralblatt MATH

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To commemorate the centenary of Turing's birth, this republication of his mother's biography contains a new foreword by Martin Davis and a never-before-published memoir by Alan's brother. The contrast between this memoir and the original biography sheds new light on Turing's relationship with his family, and on the man himself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2093 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Centenary edition edition (22 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E3URHEK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,300 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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As previous reviewers have said it gives a mother's perspective on her son and by way of contrast his brothers contradictory chapter at the end.
It is interesting to note that when her son was talking to her about his theories she liken it to being in a fog! Snap.
That aside anything about this great man is worth reading as he was one of the greats responsible for our computers etc.
Having read this book I am now finding I want to know more about him and his death.
In 2014 someone gained access to his post-mortem report, it said he died from cyanide poisoning, but the note adds: "Death appears to be due to violence."
Now that leaves a lot of unanswered questions?
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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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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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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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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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