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This year marked the centenary of the birth of Alan Mathison Turing; among the many, many commemorative events that occurred during the Alan Turing Year were the reissues of two biographies of AMT. One was Andrew Hodges's extraordinary work Alan Turing: The Enigma. The other was Sara Turing's long-unavailable book about her son, simply titled Alan M. Turing, which was originally published a few years after AMT's suicide in 1954. New material by Martin Davis and a contemporaneous (and disturbingly homophobic) memoir by AMT's brother John included here further illuminate our understanding of a brilliant man horribly mistreated on account of his homosexuality and to whom we all owe a great debt.
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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 recognized 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 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

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Robert Evans, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Robert Evans)
An interesting biography of Turing; it should not be the first one you read, and it should absolutely not be the only one you read, but, given the author's unique viewpoint, it should be read. Sometimes a bit cringeworthy, but short enough to be tolerable. Be sure to read the centenary edition of Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges to balance it out.
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ISBN:
9781107020580
Author:
Turing, Sarah
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Cambridge University Press
Foreword:
Turing, John
Foreword:
Davis, Martin
Foreword:
Irvine, Lyn
Afterword:
Turing, John F.
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20120431
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HARDCOVER
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English

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This year marked the centenary of the birth of Alan Mathison Turing; among the many, many commemorative events that occurred during the Alan Turing Year were the reissues of two biographies of AMT. One was Andrew Hodges's extraordinary work Alan Turing: The Enigma. The other was Sara Turing's long-unavailable book about her son, simply titled Alan M. Turing, which was originally published a few years after AMT's suicide in 1954. New material by Martin Davis and a contemporaneous (and disturbingly homophobic) memoir by AMT's brother John included here further illuminate our understanding of a brilliant man horribly mistreated on account of his homosexuality and to whom we all owe a great debt.

"Review" by , "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."
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