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Author Hodges, Andrew.

Title Alan Turing : the enigma : the book that inspired the film The imitation game / Andrew Hodges ; [foreword by Douglas Hofstadter]
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 W'PONDS  004.092 Turing Hod/Att  AVAILABLE
Description xxxii, 736 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents The logical. Esprit de Corps : to 13 February 1930 ; The spirit of truth : to 14 April 1936 ; New men : to 3 September 1939 ; The relay race : to 10 November 1942 -- Bridge passage : to 1 April 1943 -- The physical. Running up : to 2 September 1945 ; Mercury delayed : to 2 October 1948 ; The Greenwood tree : to 7 February 1952 ; On the beach : to 7 June 1954 -- Postscript
Summary A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution. Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936 -- the concept of a universal machine-- laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. 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. Despite his wartime service, Turing 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.
Notes This edition with a new preface by the author
"First published by Burnett Books Ltd in association with Hutchinson Publishing Group 1983"--T.p. verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Turing, Alan, 1912-1954.
Mathematicians -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Gay men -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Reading nook.
Author Hofstadter, Douglas R., 1945-
LC no. 2014952514
ISBN 069116472X (paperback) (acid-free paper)
9780691164724 (paperback) (acid-free paper)