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Some knowledge of mathematical throries are useful in understanding the work but not essential
on 1 September 2017
If you are a casual fan of the film "version" of this book, then you find that this book is a little dense for you. This is not to the detriment of the book in my opinion, as Andrew Hodges has produced probably the most comprehensive autobiography I think I have ever read. There is a huge amount more work that Turing did before and after the war of interest - the cracking of Enigma and his work from 1939 to 1945 is a significant part, but not the major part of this book. There is much detail about Alan's early schooling and formative years, and much analysis of his later work in America and at both Cambridge and Manchester universities. Some knowledge of mathematical throries are useful in understanding the work but not essential. Overall a comprehensive insight into a fascinating, complex and historically important figure.