Alan Turing

Alan Turing

by Jim Corrigan



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Alan Turing by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599350646
Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Series: Profiles in Mathematics Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.83(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction     10
Early Discoveries     13
Universal Turing Machine     24
Unraveling the Enigma     37
Beyond Bletchley Park     51
Building a Brain     61
Mathematical Biology     74
Poison Apple     85
Alan Turing's Legacy     95
Timeline     105
Sources     107
Bibliography     109
Web sites     110
Index     111

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