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Alan M. Turing

Author: Sara Turing
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Centenary editionView all editions and formats
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"'In a short life he accomplished much, and to the roll of great names in the history of his particular studies added his own.' So is described one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, yet Alan Turing's name was not widely recognised until his contribution to the breaking of the German Enigma code became public in the 1970s. The story of Turing's life fascinates and in the years since his suicide,
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Alan Mathison Turing; Alan Mathison Turing
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sara Turing
ISBN: 9781107020580 1107020581 9781107524224 1107524229
OCLC Number: 775590832
Description: xxiv, 169 pages : illustrations; 22 cm
Contents: Family background --
Childhood and early boyhood --
At Sherborne School --
At Cambridge --
At the graduate college, Princeton --
Some characteristics --
War work in the foreign office --
At the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington --
Work with the Manchester Automatic Digital Machine --
Broadcasts and intelligent machinery --
Morphogenesis --
Relaxation --
Last days and some tributes --
Computing machinery --
Theory of morphogenesis considered.
Responsibility: Sara Turing ; with a foreword by Martin Davis and an afterword by John Turing.

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