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Alan Turing : the enigma : the book that inspired the film The Imitation Game / Andrew Hodges ; [with a foreword by Douglas Hofstadter and a new preface by the author].

Available copies

  • 31 of 33 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.

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1 current hold with 33 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jackson County Public Library B TURING (Text) 39493107711709 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Macon County Public Library B TURING (Text) 39493107837934 Adult Biography Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 069116472X
  • ISBN: 9780691164724
  • Physical Description: xxxii, 736 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]

Content descriptions

General Note:
This edition with a new preface by the author.
"First published by Burnett Books Ltd in association with Hutchinson Publishing Group, 1983"-- Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The logical. Esprit de Corps : to 13 February 1930 ; The spirit of truth : to 14 April 1936 ; New men : to 3 September 1939 ; The relay race : to 10 November 1942 -- Bridge passage : to 1 April 1943 -- The physical. Running up : to 2 September 1945 ; Mercury delayed : to 2 October 1948 ; The Greenwood tree : to 7 February 1952 ; On the beach : to 7 June 1954 -- Postscript.
Summary, etc.:
A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution. Hodges tells how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936-- the concept of a universal machine-- laid the foundation for the modern computer. Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. This work was directly related to Turing's leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. Despite his wartime service, Turing was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program--all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.
Subject: Turing, Alan, 1912-1954.
Mathematicians > Great Britain > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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