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The Man Who Knew Too Much

(2006)
Alan Turning and the Invention of the Computer
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The story 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 programmable calculating machine. But the idea of actually producing a "Turing machine" did not crystallize until he and his brilliant Bletchley Park colleagues built devices to crack the Nazis' Enigma code, thus ensuring the Allies' victory in World War II. In so doing, Turing became a champion of artificial intelligence, formulating the famous (and still unbeaten) Turing Test that challenges our ideas of human consciousness. But Turing's postwar computer-building was cut short when, as an openly gay man in a time when homosexuality was officially illegal in England, he was apprehended by the authorities and sentenced to a "treatment" that amounted to chemical castration, leading to his suicide.

With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity--his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candor--while elegantly explaining his work and its implications.



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June 2006 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the invention of computers
Author(s): David Leavitt
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Title: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)
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Title: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer
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August 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (The Great Discoveries Series)
Author(s): David Leavitt
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Title: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries)
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Title: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the invention of computers
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