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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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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Read Hodges' biography first... May 2 2014
By James Klagge - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Some 30 years ago I received as a Father's Day present Andrew Hodges's biography of Turing. Recently this bio by his mother was re-released, having been published in 1959. It might better be called a memoir, except that she did not know her son very well. He lived with foster parents for many years since she and her husband were in the foreign service in India for most of his childhood. The book reads more like a hagiography, as she quotes endless letters she got after his death in 1954 praising him and his work. Her piece is followed by a memoir by his older brother that can only be described as a rebuttal of his mother's account, where he reveals (though withholds the evidence) that Alan hated his mother, and that he was vastly weirder than his mother would have us believe. All of this shows why it is important that there be objective biographers, who have material like this as a source, along with much else, from which to work. The key issue is whether Alan committed suicide, or died accidentally--the mother making the case that it must have been accidental. Many interesting personal details, but worth reading only in connection with Hodges's biography to (try to) make sense of it all. Another illustration (along with Wittgenstein) of just how odd true geniuses can be.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great perspective on a CS hero June 29 2012
By Mark Jones - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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
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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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
An intimate perspective Nov. 21 2014
By Paul Michael Monterro - Published on
Format: Paperback
Having recently read another book on Turing, I have to say the perspective of his family added a layer to his amazing story that is truly fascinating. Thouroughly involving, and well worth the time this one.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Personable Book About a Remarkable Individual Oct. 27 2013
By Samuel R. Lammie - Published on
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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.