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The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)

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To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary computer. Then, attempting to break a Nazi code during World War II, he successfully designed and built one, thus ensuring the Allied victory. Turing became a champion of artificial intelligence, but his work was cut short. As an openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was illegal in England, he was convicted and forced to undergo a humiliating "treatment" that may have led to his suicide. With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity--his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candor--and elegantly explains his work and its implications.

Synopsis:

A "skillful and literate" () biography of the persecuted genius who helped create the modern computer.

About the Author

David Leavitt is the author of several novels (most recently, The Body of Jonah Boyd) and story collections. He teaches creative writing at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he lives.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393329094
Subtitle:
Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Leavitt, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
History -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Computers Reference-History and Society
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Great Discoveries
Publication Date:
20061117
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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Reference » Science Reference » Technology
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