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The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries) Hardcover – 17 Jan 2006

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; First Edition edition (17 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393052362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393052367
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 15.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars... his research and work in general after seeing the excellent movie. This book will help fill in and ...
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