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By David Leavitt.

To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary programmable calculating machine. But the idea of actually producing a “Turing machine” did not crystallise until he and his Bletchley Park colleagues built devices to crack the Nazis’ Enigma code.

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THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer
David Leavitt

To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary programmable calculating machine. But the idea of actually producing a “Turing machine” did not crystallise until he and his Bletchley Park colleagues built devices to crack the Nazis’ Enigma code.
 
But Turing’s postwar computer-building was cut short when, as an openly gay man, he was apprehended by the authorities and sentenced to a “treatment” that amounted to chemical castration, leading to his suicide. With a novelist’s sensitivity,
 
David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity-his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candor-while elegantly explaining his work and its implications.
 
319 pages, paperback

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THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH

By David Leavitt.

To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary programmable calculating machine. But the idea of actually producing a “Turing machine” did not crystallise until he and his Bletchley Park colleagues built devices to crack the Nazis’ Enigma code.

319 pages, paperback