The Man Who Knew Too Much by David Leavitt
Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)

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A "skillful and literate" (New York Times Book Review) biography of the persecuted genius who helped create the modern computer.


To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary computer. Then, attempting to break a Nazi code during World War II, he successfully designed and built one, thus ensuring the Allied victory. Turing became a champion of artificial intelligence, but his work was cut short. As an openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was illegal in England, he was convicted and forced to undergo a humiliating "treatment" that may have led to his suicide.



With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity—his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candor—and elegantly explains his work and its implications.
 

About David Leavitt

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David Leavitt is the author of several novels (most recently, The Body of Jonah Boyd) and story collections. He teaches creative writing at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he lives.
 
Published November 17, 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company. 331 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Gay & Lesbian, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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David Leavitt revisits the life and mysterious death of the cryptanalyst Alan Turing.

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The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computerby David LeavittWeidenfeld & Nicolson £16.99, pp320.

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The Man Who Knew Too Much (2005) A brilliant British mathematician who was instrumental in breaking the Nazi Enigma codes during WWII and is credited with inventing the very concept of the… 2005-12-12 David Leavitt ...

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