Alan Turing: The Enigma

 

"A computer would deserve to be called intelligent if it could deceive a human into believing that it was human"

Alan Turing

 

By Andrew Hodges

 

It can easily be said that World War II was one of the worst incidents of mass genocide in the history of mankind, and it has been estimated that the work done by Turing and his colleagues at Bletchley Park shortened World War II by two to four years.

 

Arguably one of the most notable British mathematician of the 20th century, Alan Turing saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence-all before his suicide at the early age of forty-one. His work on cryptanalysis decoded the Nazi Enigma messages and gave birth to the first version of the modern computer all of us use today.

 

Hodge, a mathematician in his own right delivers the New York Times Bestselling biography of Turing’s life with a fresh perspective that encapsulates Turing’s persecution, his eccentricities, as well as his incredible power to love. It also served as the inspiration for the Oscar nominated movie, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, and Mark Strong. With a new preface by the author that addresses Turing’s royal pardon in 2013, Alan Turing: The Enigma is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

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