By Andrew Hodges
It is barely a moderate exaggeration to assert that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) kept the Allies from the Nazis, invented the pc and synthetic intelligence, and expected homosexual liberation through decades--all ahead of his suicide at age 41. This vintage biography of the founding father of laptop technology, reissued at the centenary of his start with a considerable new preface by way of the writer, is the definitive account of a unprecedented brain and lifestyles. A gripping tale of arithmetic, pcs, cryptography, and gay persecution, Andrew Hodges's acclaimed e-book captures either the interior and outer drama of Turing's life.
Hodges tells how Turing's innovative proposal of 1936--the inspiration of a common machine--laid the root for the trendy machine and the way Turing introduced the assumption to functional attention in 1945 along with his digital layout. The publication additionally tells how this paintings was once without delay relating to Turing's top position in breaking the German Enigma ciphers in the course of international battle II, a systematic triumph that used to be severe to Allied victory within the Atlantic. whilst, this can be the tragic tale of a guy who, regardless of his wartime provider, used to be finally arrested, stripped of his protection clearance, and compelled to endure a humiliating therapy program--all for attempting to stay truthfully in a society that outlined homosexuality as a crime.
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