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

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

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A qskillful and literateq (New York Times Book Review) biography of the persecuted genius who helped create the modern computer. 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 qtreatmentq that may have led to his suicide. With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanitya€”his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candora€”and elegantly explains his work and its implications.use of algorithms. ... It differed in that Babbage failed to make the crucial conceptual breakthrough of recognizing that the instructions could be written in the same ... algebraic patterns just as the jacquard-loom weaves flowers and leaves.


Title:The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)
Author: David Leavitt
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2006-11-17
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