Alan Turing: The Enigma
by Andrew Hodges
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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Includes a new preface by the author and a preface by Douglas HofstadterAlan Turing is the extraordinary mathematician of Cambridge, who led the cracking of the German Enigma algorithms and transformed the Second World War.But his vision went far beyond this important achievement.Before the war, he had formulated the concept of the universal machine, and in 1945 he turned to the first design of a digital computer.Turing clairvoyant plans to the digital era have moved forward in a vision of Artificial IntelligenceHowever, in 1952, his homosexuality made him a criminal and he was subjected to humiliating treatment.In 1954, at the age of 41, Alan Turing committed suicide and Great Britain’s greatest scientific minds were lost.
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