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Alan Turing: The Enigma The Centenary Edition
     

Alan Turing: The Enigma The Centenary Edition

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by Andrew Hodges
 

ISBN-10: 069115564X

ISBN-13: 9780691155647

Pub. Date: 05/27/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a

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It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life. 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.

Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936--the concept of a universal machine--laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. The book also tells how 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. At the same time, this is the tragic story 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691155647
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/27/2012
Edition description:
Centenary edition with a New preface by the author
Pages:
632
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Plates ix

Foreword by Douglas Hofstadter xi

Preface to the 2012 Centenary edition xv

PART ONE: THE LOGICAL

1 Esprit de Corps to 13 February 1930 1

2 The Spirit of Truth to 14 April 1936 46

3 New Men to 3 September 1939 111

4 The Relay Race to 10 November 1942 160

BRIDGE PASSAGE to 1 April 1943 242

PART TWO: THE PHYSICAL

5 Running Up to 2 September 1945 259

6 Mercury Delayed to 2 October 1948 314

7 The Greenwood Tree to 7 February 1952 390

8 On the Beach to 7 June 1954 456

Postscript 529

Author's Note 530

Notes 541

Acknowledgements 569

Index 570

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