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Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Centenary Edition Paperback – May 27, 2012

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"A remarkable and admirable biography."―Simon Singh, author of The Code Book and Fermat's Enigma

"Andrew Hodges's biography is a meticulously researched and written account detailing every aspect of Turing's life. . . . This account of Turing's life is a definitive scholarly work, rich in primary source documentation and small-grained historical detail.", Mathematics Teacher

"Andrew Hodges's magisterial Alan Turing: The Enigma . . . is still the definitive text."---Joshua Cohen, Harper's

"Andrew Hodges' 1983 book Alan Turing: The Enigma, is the indispensable guide to Turing's life and work and one of the finest biographies of a scientific genius ever written."---Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

"One of the finest scientific biographies ever written."---Jim Holt, New Yorker

"A first-class contribution to history and an exemplary work of biography."---I. J. Good, Nature

"One of the finest scientific biographies I've ever read: authoritative, superbly researched, deeply sympathetic, and beautifully told."―Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

"A superb biography. . . . Written by a mathematician, it describes in plain language Turing's work on the foundations of computer science and how he broke the Germans' Enigma code in the Second World War. The subtle depiction of class rivalries, personal relationships, and Turing's tragic end are worthy of a novel. But this was a real person. Hodges describes the man, and the science that fascinated him--which once saved, and still influences, our lives."---Margaret Boden, New Scientist

"On the face of it, a richly detailed 500-page biography of a mathematical genius and analysis of his ideas, might seem a daunting proposition. But fellow mathematician and author Hodges has acutely clear and often extremely moving insight into the humanity behind the leaping genius that helped to crack the Germans' Enigma codes during World War II and bring about the dawn of the computer age. . . . This melancholy story is transfigured into something else: an exploration of the relationship between machines and the soul and a full-throated celebration of Turing's brilliance, unselfconscious quirkiness and bravery in a hostile age."---Sinclair McKay, Wall Street Journal

"The Bible of Turing biography."---Alvy Ray Smith, Notices of the AMS

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"One of the finest scientific biographies I've ever read: authoritative, superbly researched, deeply sympathetic, and beautifully told."--Sylvia Nasar, author ofA Beautiful Mind

"A captivating, compassionate portrait of a first-rate scientist who gave so much to a world that in the end cruelly rejected him. Perceptive and absorbing, Andrew Hodges's book is scientific biography at its best."--Paul Hoffman, author of The Man Who Loved Only Numbers

"A remarkable and admirable biography."--Simon Singh, author of The Code Book and Fermat's Enigma

"A first-rate presentation of the life of a first-rate scientific mind.... It is hard to imagine a more thoughtful and compassionate portrait of a human being."--from the Foreword by Douglas Hofstadter


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  • Item Weight : 1.32 pounds
  • Paperback : 616 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 069115564X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691155647
  • Product Dimensions : 5 x 1.75 x 7.75 inches
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press; Revised Edition (May 27, 2012)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
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