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The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780393329094
Author(s): David Leavitt
Format: Paperback
Year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Dimensions: 140 x 216 x 25 (w x l x h)
Pages: 319
Series: Great Discoveries (Paperback)

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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.

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