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Alan Turing : the enigma : the book that inspired the film The Imitation Game

Author: Andrew Hodges; Douglas R Hofstadter
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
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A gripping story of mathematics, science, computing, war history, cryptography, and homosexual persecution and liberation. Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936-- the concept of a universal machine-- laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing's leading role in breaking the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hodges, Andrew.
Alan Turing.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]
(DLC) 2014952514
(OCoLC)881139563
Named Person: Alan Turing; Alan Mathison Turing
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Hodges; Douglas R Hofstadter
ISBN: 9781400865123 1400865123
OCLC Number: 903225261
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: The logical. Esprit de Corps : to 13 February 1930 ; The spirit of truth : to 14 April 1936 ; New men : to 3 September 1939 ; The relay race : to 10 November 1942 --
Bridge passage : to 1 April 1943 --
The physical. Running up : to 2 September 1945 ; Mercury delayed : to 2 October 1948 ; The Greenwood tree : to 7 February 1952 ; On the beach : to 7 June 1954 --
Postscript.
Responsibility: Andrew Hodges ; [with a foreword by Douglas Hofstadter and a new preface by the author].

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A gripping story of mathematics, science, computing, war history, cryptography, and homosexual persecution and liberation. Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936-- the concept of a universal machine-- laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing's leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Despite his wartime service, Turing was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program-- all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime. This New York Times bestselling biography of the founder of computer science and artificial intelligence, with a new preface by the author that addresses Turing's royal pardon in 2013, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

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