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Alan Turing: The Enigma

by Andrew Hodges

Alan Turing: The Enigma Synopsis

Includes a new foreword by the author and a preface by Douglas Hofstadter. Alan Turing was the extraordinary Cambridge mathematician who masterminded the cracking of the German Enigma ciphers and transformed the Second World War. But his vision went far beyond this crucial achievement. Before the war he had formulated the concept of the universal machine, and in 1945 he turned this into the first design for a digital computer. Turing's far-sighted plans for the digital era forged ahead into a vision for Artificial Intelligence. However, in 1952 his homosexuality rendered him a criminal and he was subjected to humiliating treatment. In 1954, aged 41, Alan Turing committed suicide and one of Britain's greatest scientific minds was lost.

Alan Turing: The Enigma Press Reviews

A first-rate presentation of the life of a first-rate scientific is hard to imagine a more thoughtful and warm biography than this one -- Douglas Hofstadter * New York Times Book Review * One of the finest scientific biographies ever written * New Yorker * A first-rate presentation of the life of a first-rate scientific mind * New York Times Book Review * Andrew Hodges' book is of exemplary scholarship and sympathy. Intimate, perceptive and insightful, it's also the most readable biography I've picked up in some time * Time Out * One of the finest scientific biographies I've ever read: authoritative, superbly researched, deeply sympathetic and beautifully told * Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099116417
Publication date: 5th March 1992
Author: Andrew Hodges
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 768 pages
Categories: Biography: general, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Computing & information technology,

About Andrew Hodges

Andrew Hodges is Tutor in Mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford University. His classic text of 1983, since translated into several languages, created a new kind of biography, with mathematics, science, computing, war history, philosophy and gay liberation woven into a single personal narrative. He is an active contributor to the mathematics of fundamental physics, as a follower of Roger Penrose. See for further material.

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