The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game – Updated Edition Keira Knightley, Alan Turing: The Enigma is a gripping story of mathematics, computers . It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing ( ) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the. Alan Turing: The Enigma, biography of Alan Turing () by Andrew The Turing Centenary editions which appeared in are still available.

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The writer was sympathetic to his subject and yet portrayed his great failings also. Please try again later.

Editions of Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

An accidental death is also tragic. At first, my answer is no. He hero worshiped editoon more a classmate who encouraged him to study for entrance to Cambridge; Turing, fatefully as it turned out, was admitted to Kings College, Cambridge — his school chum having died of TB in the interim.

Algorithm “Turing’s method” for calculating values of the zeta-function. I don’t think the book needed to explain some of the mathematical concepts in quite the detail it did, nor did it need to explain in fine detail the sequelae of those concepts as discovered by others. I loved how detailed they were and found it a fascinating portrait of a man I knew ve This biography was a struggle to get through.

I shall read on with pleasure and curiosity.

Account Options Sign in. Around the Year i What follows is largely personal opinion about the Turing Test, which I feel has created a rather trivialized notion of what constitutes computer intelligence.

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The main text and notes are the same as in previous editions, but, mercifully, re-set in a larger typeface which makes it much easier to read than the earlier paperback editions. The writer, a mathematician, doesn’t have the gift for narrative needed to bring Turing, and the group at Bletchley Park, to life. It touched me on a intellectual ghe, and an emotional one. This, to me, is one of the most profoundly interesting parts of the work completed at Bletchley, and of cryptography, yet this is given relatively short shrift in this biography.


In that alqn he produced 3 gigantically advanced systems most of the Hut 8 system, the Delilah and the ACE designabout 10 or 20 years ahead of their time. I found it after one of those tipping points where you finally hit the nth reference to a person or idea and you find your ignorance about it embarrassing. Having got my irritation out of the way – and I was at times very irritated reading this book – I take my hat off to Hodges when it comes to explaining the mathematics and other technical stuff.

Alan Turing: The Enigma (Andrew Hodges)

As discussed in the book Turing made major enigmq in bringing about the computer revolution, is called by some the father of modern computing, and played a vital role in advancing the theory of artificial intelligence which is what he was working centenarh when he died in One point that was a big issue in the movie, about how the Allies should use the information that they from their ability to read the Enigma code was never mentioned in the book, yet it is a crucial question–the movie has the military allowing a ship carrying one of the codebreakers’s brothers go to its death, because otherwise the Germans would know that the Brits were able to read their messages, and would then change it.

The discussions eniigma pure mathematics, logic and cryptography are complex. Further articles, book chapters and other publications by me. And to those who understand, I tend to say that Alan Turing would have been a much happier and more productive person had he been born a Buddhist in a Buddhist culture. Turing has not been as well known as he should have been, An exhaustive and exhausting biography of the brilliant Alan Cetenary. In a Gedankenexperiment a computer and a reasonably knowledgeable person are placed in separated rooms, but are allowed to communicate to one another via teletype.


I was a teacher and now I finally know why kids get turned off in school. I really want to learn more about this man and his footprint on history. Again, there is no comment by the author.

But I guess going into this book I expected a bit more continuity. In addition to the academic caliber of his professors and classmates, it was a socially and politically liberal environment; and it was in this context, that Edotion became somewhat matter-of-factly open in his homosexuality.

Alan Turing: The Enigma

He is a quiet and shy man, but one who mainly gets along with his colleagues. As one might expect of a book with an introduction by Douglas Hofstadter, it is an examination of both function and form. And yet the man himself manages to remain something of an enigma deliberate pun. I remember hearing about it because that author said that the idea of Turing having autism is hogwash.