The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game – Updated Edition Keira Knightley, Alan Turing: The Enigma is a gripping story of mathematics, computers . It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing ( ) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the. Alan Turing: The Enigma, biography of Alan Turing () by Andrew The Turing Centenary editions which appeared in are still available.

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Alan Turing: The Enigma (Andrew Hodges)

For example, numbers are never introduced to kids as recursive objects; they’re simply given as symbols. One off-hand remark in the afterword is that the author wonders if some day, a computer will be able to write a book such as his. Hodges’s book is a bit long, but likely is to be considered the definitive psychological treatment of the subject, with sufficient math to keep folks such as me interested.

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However, this was a tightly held secret until until many years after the War, and lead to many revisions of the history of WWII, not to mention augmenting Turing’s reputation. This book has been on my radar for years now. The book focuses on more than just Turing’s contributions around cracking the Enigma Code which is interesting in and of itself. There are two reasons for this.


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I think the book also does a good job describing in tech speak many of Turing’s mathematical insights and breakthroughs, mostly in layman’s terms. This was certainly true of Alan’s early experiences in the English public school environment.

The subtle depiction of class rivalries, personal relationships, and Turing’s tragic end are worthy of a novel. I found myself scouring my brain for remnants of my maths degree and, mostly, failing to find anything helpful.

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deition I was disappointed with some of the omissions of this book. Turing reasoned that if the human or the majority of a series of humans could not determine whether the computer was merely a machine or was a human, then it would be reasonable to call that computer ‘intelligent’.

Very full picture of Turing’s life, public and private and it was mostly privatefrom troubles as a schoolboy, his sexuality, his codebreaking during WWII, groundbreaking work toward modern computing, and his eventual academic editoin, conviction for ‘indecency’ and sudden suicide.

It is quite a difficult book to categorise, and it is by no means a straightforward biography, nor a critique of Turing’s work. This biography was a struggle to get through.

Laura, Wanda et al. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I think the point would have actually been made more strongly had the reader been left to draw their own conclusions from a more objective description of the events.

Using a character set of only two or three symbols e. I chose more mathematics subjects in my science degree than the norm, so I have some sense of what is going on in these passages. Hodges wrote this pre-Internet and desktop computer, so the reader has to fill in some blanks as to where Turing’s work eventually led.


Like Turing also, Hodges is gay, and his description of Turing’s prosecution in for ‘gross indecency’ and the tragic events leading up to it, is written with great empathy and an entirely appropriate indignation. Please try again later. Want to Read saving….

Alan Turing: The Enigma

For example, in early chapters about Turing’s schooling, one reads nearly every note sent home by a schoolmaster. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

See the Pet Shop Boys website for further details. View all 33 comments. I can share my reactions to the book in a rambling way if I want to! I have resigned myself to the fact that for me, technical stuff has to be presented in a visual form.

The Enigmaboth British and American, appeared in A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution, Andrew Hodges’s acclaimed book captures both the inner and outer drama of Turing’s life.