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Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition [Hardcover]

Sara Turing , Lyn Irvine , Martin Davis , John F. Turing

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April 23 2012 1107020581 978-1107020580 Centenary edition
'In a short life he accomplished much, and to the roll of great names in the history of his particular studies added his own.' So is described one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, yet Alan Turing's name was not widely recognised until his contribution to the breaking of the German Enigma code became public in the 1970s. The story of Turing's life fascinates and in the years since his suicide, Turing's reputation has only grown, as his contributions to logic, mathematics, computing, artificial intelligence and computational biology have become better appreciated. To commemorate the centenary of Turing's birth, this republication of his mother's biography is enriched by a new foreword by Martin Davis and a never-before-published memoir by Alan's older brother. The contrast between this memoir and the original biography reveals tensions and sheds new light on Turing's relationship with his family, and on the man himself.

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"The world needed Alan Turing in the early years of computer science, and it still does."
Anthony L. Clapes, Computing Reviews

"The book does effectively portray both Alan Turing's life and work. I recommend this book not only to people interested in Alan's scientific achievements, but to anyone who woiuld like to meet a genius of the modern era."
Rita Puzmanova, Computing Reviews

"Turing appeals to many audiences. The book explains Turing's proof of the existence of a universal computing machine in a way that is understandable to readers with little background in mathematics or computer science, but it also includes a more mathematically sophisticated explanation that would satisfy readers with more background. Well written and engaging, Turing tells more than the tale of one man's life; it also explores the origins of modern computer science. Turing is a book worth reading."
Jessica Cohen, Western Washington University for Mathematics Teacher

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To commemorate the centenary of Turing's birth, this republication of his mother's biography contains a new foreword by Martin Davis and a never-before-published memoir by Alan's brother. The contrast between this memoir and the original biography sheds new light on Turing's relationship with his family, and on the man himself.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great perspective on a CS hero June 29 2012
By Mark Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Love all the interesting small facts throughout Turing's life and the way his mother conveys them. Great background on what made the man a computer science hero.
Also love the description of family life in the early 1900s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting inside view of Alan. I worked at Bletchley and in Newport Pagnel so am able to appreciate the information. Feb. 10 2013
By COCO777MC1 - Published on Amazon.com
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A book worth having in your biblioteque. If you are interested in code-breaking then this book will give you some private information as to the inside life of one of the most appreciated participants.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Personable Book About a Remarkable Individual Oct. 27 2013
By Samuel R. Lammie - Published on Amazon.com
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In fact, two books, in a way, but decidedly a human story about a brilliant man. Alan Turing was critical to the UK's war effort in WWII. And yet he was so much more. Recommended in tandem with other stories that capture his scientific essence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story of Humanity in Not So Humane Times Nov. 4 2013
By Sophia Hogan - Published on Amazon.com
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I was excited to read this book written by Turing's brother. I understand there will be new indie movie made so it's not just a tech story but a great and important story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Turing biography Feb. 25 2013
By Darlena Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a great read, and I received it very quickly. The entire experience was really great.

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