Alan Turing by Andrew Hodges
The Enigma The Centenary Edition

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It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This acclaimed biography of the founder of computer science, with a new preface by the author that addresses Turing's royal pardon in 2013, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

Capturing both the inner and outer drama of Turing's life, Andrew Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936--the concept of a universal machine--laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. The book also tells how this work was directly related to Turing's leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. At the same time, this is the tragic account of a man who, despite his wartime service, was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program--all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.

The inspiration for a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Alan Turing: The Enigma is a gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution.

 

About Andrew Hodges

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Andrew Hodges teaches mathematics at Wadham College, University of Oxford. A colleague of Roger Penrose, he is also an active contributor to the mathematics of fundamental physics.
 
Published November 10, 2014 by Princeton University Press. 762 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, War, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Rather than receiving proper recognition after the war, Turing—along with everyone else who had worked at the British codebreaking center Bletchley Park—was obliged to keep his Enigma successes utterly secret.

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on ciphers and codebreakers during World War II and after

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Los Angeles Review of Books

As Andrew Hodges writes in his still-definitive 1983 biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma: “His machines — soon to be called Turing machines — offered a bridge, a connection between abstract symbols, and the physical world.” Hodges’ book was reissued in honor of the June 23, 2012, centenary of Alan...

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[Update: Apparently Hodges himself has seen the script and has publicly criticized it for downplaying Turing's homosexuality and making Turing's brief engagement to a woman into a real relationship, rather than an attempt at living a lie.].

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As Andrew Hodges writes in his still-definitive 1983 biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma: “His machines — soon to be called Turing machines — offered a bridge, a connection between abstract symbols, and the physical world.” Hodges’ book was reissued in honor of the June 23, 2012, centenary of Alan...

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As Andrew Hodges writes in his still-definitive 1983 biography, Alan Turing: The Enigma: “His machines — soon to be called Turing machines — offered a bridge, a connection between abstract symbols, and the physical world.” Hodges’ book was reissued in honor of the June 23, 2012, centenary of Alan...

Sep 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Alan Turing: The Enigma The C...

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