The Man Who Knew Too Much

Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer

By David Leavitt
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393329094, 319pp.)

Publication Date: November 2006

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, MP3 CD, Compact Disc

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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 "treatment" that may have led to his suicide. With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candor and elegantly explains his work and its implications."
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