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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Writing to Churchill wasn’t going to help this time–so suicide seemed the sole rational alternative. He was falling between several chairs, until computer science caught up with him: In English, a node is drawn as a circle, perhaps identified with a label e. It’s still the Bible of Turing biography. This account of Turing’s life is a definitive scholarly work, rich in primary source documentation and small-grained historical detail.

The Enigma ; reissued with a new introduction in Now out of print. And before seeing the credits, I had no idea it was based in this book. Anyway, along comes the film starring Sherlock himself and I found myself highly entertained by the story and wanting to know more.

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This is a selected list of developments where my own writing and participation has had a direct input. Apr 21, Traci Haley rated it really liked it Shelves: It is cehtenary to write a story that contains a lot of technical detail. And he brings it up-to-date in the Centenary Edition.

Alan was rewarded by a Kings Fellowship and a one-year Fellowship at Princeton amidst the great and the greater, yet, on the whole, Alan was too shy to interact with Einstein, or any of the others — neither public school, nor Cambridge nor Princeton deflected Alan from being “a confirmed solitary. So it was time to tackle this volume and I chose to tackle it by audiobook. 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.


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Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

I do wonder how Alan Turing would have turned out if he had been born in instead of I have been stung with too many shorter biographies that leave me unsatisfied and finding out more information on the person’s Wikipedia page. If Alan had a problem, he relied on his own tuirng to find an answer e. But his point was to show that there was no “ghost in the machine,” no special non-material “spirit” or “will” or “intuition” or “insight” necessary to explain human intelligence.

The first computer music. This was in Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics.

This information is extremely important because his times were so different than they centenaryy now in ma I just bought an ebook version of this book because I couldn’t wait for delivery of the paper version. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Alan Turing: The Enigma (Andrew Hodges)

The Enigma Andrew Hodges Snippet view – This superb biography satisfies many of the intellectual senses. A pure mathematician from a tradition that centennary itself on its impracticality, Turing laid the foundations for modern computer science, writes Andrew Hodges: Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Invention of ordinal logics, an attempt to handle incompleteness.

I am about to write something that I do not think is a spoiler. His prime fascination was the brain – to make a mechanical model of its logical functions, and the question of whether machines could be made to think. Inhis work on tbe became a completely new field of mathematical biology. The explanation and sketches of how Turing’s machine worked are unsatisfactory.


A suicide is tragic. It is over pages long. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Feb 01, Karen Mardahl rated it liked it. I loved thee detailed they were and found it a fascinating portrait of a editiln I knew very little about.

But you still couldn’t make it up. A mathematician, Hodges ably explained Turing’s intellectual accomplishments with insight, and situated them within their wider historical contexts. He seemed to have been very much his own person despite the way society was constructed in his day.

And Hodges admits what all biographers know, but few centehary, about their subjects: So much so that, when he was burglarized by the friend of a boy he’d picked up, he called the police, not realizing that as a “sex criminal”, he was outside the law himself. His work cracking the German’s Enigma machine code was, in many ways, the first triumph of computer csntenary. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The word, when it came, might be an unexpected one, a homely analogy, slang expression, pun or wild scheme or rude suggestion accompanied with his machine-like laugh; bold but not with the coarseness of one who had seen it all and been disillusioned, but with the sharpness of one seeing it through strangely fresh eyes.

Hodges, like Turing, is a mathematician, and was thus able to understand and describe Turing’s pioneering work in mathematical logic — and his enigja important codebreaking work during the war — at a depth that would have been beyond most biographers.

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