Alan Turingby Jim Corrigan
In 1940, as World War II raged in Europe, a twenty-eight-year-old British mathematician named Alan Turing quietly worked to unravel the mystery of the German Enigma cipher. Turing's success in breaking Enigma gave the Allies unprecedented access to Nazi secrets and helped influence the outcome of the war. In the years that followed, Turing joined the race to build the world's first electronic, programmable computers. Alan Turing is widely recognized today as the father of computer science.
Mathematician, codebreaker, computer scientist, philosopher, and biologist-Alan Turing was all of these. Yet the extraordinary feats stand in sharp contrast to the shy, hesitant person who accomplished them. His untimely death in 1954 went largely unnoticed around the world. Only later would Alan Turing's groundbreaking contributions to math and science be fully appreciated.
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British mathematician Turing (1912-1954) contributed much to what we now call artificial intelligence and computer science. He worked during World War II as a code breaker and used his skills to solve complex German codes, especially the Enigma cipher. But his life was one of difficulty and challenges that often made it hard for him to work effectively. Sometimes his incredible shyness came across as aloofness. A homosexual relationship in 1952 caused him legal woes. It was against the law, and he pled guilty to gross indecency. He was sentenced to a year of probation and hormonal drug therapy. On June 7, 1954, Turing was found dead in his apartment. His death was ruled a suicide, although his mother claimed it was an accident. It occurred during a far more positive time in the man's life and remains controversial. Although this book is filled with many of the technical aspects of mathematics, it is also a story of one man's brilliance and passion. This well-written biography, complete with good-quality photos, gives insight into a man most readers know little about.-Karen Scott, Valley Intermediate School, Pelham, AL
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