The official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing () saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and. ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA Andrew Hodges is Tutor in Mathematics at Wadham Hodges's rich and engrossing portrait is not the first book about Turing;. 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.
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This New York Times—bestselling biography of the founder of computer science, with a new preface by the author that addresses Turing's royal pardon inis the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life. At the same time, this is the tragic account of a man who, despite his wartime service, 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.
The inspiration for a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Alan Turing: The Enigma is a gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution. Author Information. Andrew Hodges teaches mathematics at the University of Oxford.
A book whose time has finally come. I found it to be a page-turner in spite of the occasionally esoteric explanations of mathematical theories that reminded of why Brooklyn Technical High School was not the wisest choice for me. For anyone whose interest in the pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, and logician was piqued by the film, the book that served as the film's source material, Andrew Hodges's exhaustive biography Alan Turing: The Enigma, has the answers. A great read, Hodges's intellectual biography depicts Turing as a brilliant mathematician; a crucial pioneering figure in the theorization and engineering of digital computing; and the biggest brain in Bletchley Park's Hut 8.
Good, Nature[A] really excellent biography. The great thing about this book is that the author is a mathematician and can explain the details of Turing's work--as a scientist, mathematician, and a code breaker--in a way that is easy to understand. He is also wonderful at the emotional nuance of Alan's life, who was a somewhat odd--a student was assigned to him in school to help him maintain a semblance of tidiness in his appearance, rooms and school work and at Bletchley Park he was known for chaining his tea mug to a pipe--but he was also charming and intelligent and Hodges brings all the aspects of his personality and life into sharp focus.
This account of Turing's life is a definitive scholarly work, rich in primary source documentation and small-grained historical detail. It is hard to imagine a more thoughtful and compassionate portrait of a human being.
Hodges examined available primary sources and interviewed surviving witnesses to elucidate Turing's multiple dimensions. A mathematician, Hodges ably explained Turing's intellectual accomplishments with insight, and situated them within their wider historical contexts.
He also empathetically explored the centrality of Turing's sexual identity to his thought and life in a persuasive rather than reductive way.
Perceptive and absorbing, Andrew Hodges's book is scientific biography at its best. Scott, New York Times"One of the finest scientific biographies I've ever read: authoritative, superbly researched, deeply sympathetic, and beautifully told.
But fellow mathematician and author Hodges has acutely clear and often extremely moving insight into the humanity behind the leaping genius that helped to crack the Germans' Enigma codes during World War II and bring about the dawn of the computer age. This melancholy story is transfigured into something else: an exploration of the relationship between machines and the soul and a full-throated celebration of Turing's brilliance, unselfconscious quirkiness and bravery in a hostile age.
Alan Turing : the enigma
It will bring you as close as possible to his enigmatic personality. Reading it is a melancholy experience, since you know from the outset that the ending is a tragic one and that knowledge overshadows you throughout. While the author divides the text into two parts, it actually reads like a play in four acts.
This book is Turing's memorial, and one that does justice to the subject. Written by a mathematician, it describes in plain language Turing's work on the foundations of computer science and how he broke the Germans' Enigma code in the Second World War.
The subtle depiction of class rivalries, personal relationships, and Turing's tragic end are worthy of a novel. But this was a real person.
Hodges describes the man, and the science that fascinated him--which once saved, and still influences, our lives. General Interest. Frontmatter Andrew Hodges. Pages: i—vi. Pages: vii—viii. List Of Plates. Pages: ix—xviii.
Alan Turing: The Enigma The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game
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