By David Leavitt
A "skillful and literate" (New York instances ebook Review) biography of the persecuted genius who helped create the fashionable computer.
To resolve one of many nice mathematical difficulties of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary laptop. Then, trying to holiday a Nazi code in the course of international battle II, he effectively designed and equipped one, hence making sure the Allied victory. Turing turned a champion of man-made intelligence, yet his paintings was once reduce brief. As an overtly homosexual guy at a time whilst homosexuality used to be unlawful in England, he used to be convicted and compelled to suffer a humiliating "treatment" which could have ended in his suicide.
With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity?his eccentricities, his brilliance, his deadly candor?and elegantly explains his paintings and its implications.
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