Uno dei più grandi geni del Ventesimo secolo, questo è stato Alan Turing. Nato a Londra nel 1912, considerato tra i padri della moderna informatica – spiegò la natura e i limiti teorici delle macchine logiche prima che fosse costruito un solo computer – fu un matematico fuori dal comune. Durante la Seconda guerra mondiale mise le sue straordinarie capacità al servizio dell’Inghilterra, entrando a far parte di Bletchley Park, la località top secret della principale unità di crittoanalisi del Regno Unito, e contribuì in modo decisivo alla decifrazione di Enigma, la complessa macchina messa a punto dai tedeschi per criptare le proprie comunicazioni, ribaltando così le sorti del conflitto. Ma la sua fu anche una vita tormentata. Perseguitato per la sua omosessualità, fu condannato alla castrazione chimica. Umiliato, a soli 41 anni, si suicidò in circostanze misteriose morsicando una mela avvelenata con cianuro. Nel 2013, dopo oltre sessant’anni dalla sua morte, la Regina Elisabetta gli ha «concesso» l’assoluzione reale. Con la verve di una spy story, la biografia di Andrew Hodges, la più completa e accurata mai scritta, ci restituisce l’ambiente e il clima culturale del periodo storico in cui Turing è nato e si è formato, le sue brillanti idee in campo matematico e scientifico, e ci fa conoscere il lato umano e personale di un genio inquieto.
- ISBN: 8833926575
- Casa Editrice: Bollati Boringhieri
- Pagine: 739
Alan Turing 23 June, 1912 - 7 June, 1954 Proximate Cause & Goodness of Fit I'm not too proud to admit that the impetus for my picking up this biography was a trailer for the upcoming film on Alan Turing and his involvement with cracking the Enigma code during WWII ( The Imitation Game ).
Let me introduce you to Alan. He is a quiet and shy man, but one who mainly gets along with his colleagues. He is determined to tackle large questions and finds that his understanding of mathematics and logic can be applied to aspects of the universe around him, especially in areas that people would Leggi tutto
This was a fascinating book. I'm not really recommending it because I thought it was overly complicated and I'm not sure that a lot of people will want to spend half of their reading time on Wikipedia the way I did. I only understood about a quarter of the many, many mathematical concepts that were
I loved this book. I was almost afraid to read it after others said how difficult it was to understand the math sections, but I found those to be fascinating. If math had been taught this way in my schools, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I even read some of the maths bits to my husband! As to Tu Leggi tutto
To read this is to feel humbled, not just by Alan Turing’s brilliant mind, but also by the years of dedicated work that Andrew Hodges put into this biography. At 700-plus pages, including a massive number of footnotes and references which are themselves a fund of fascinating information, it is dense Leggi tutto
List of PlatesForewordPreface --Alan Turing: The Enigma PostscriptAuthor's NoteNotesAcknowledgementsIndex
That's certainly cleared up a lot of the questions I had following the film. It concerns me that Cumberbatch's Turing seemed to stray dramatically from biographical evidence. The film paints him in a dangerously stereotypical way, as the lone genius, unable to work well with others and with little c Leggi tutto
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I watched The Imitation Game last week and I was left in awe, and slightly ashamed of myself for not knowing the contribution of Alan Turing to the war efforts and the advent of the computer age. After the film i bought this book and a few others in order to get to know more about the brilliant man
(4.5) Quite a thorough biography, I prefer the Bletchley Park period, but quite complete picture of his life I only have a couple of complaints. The book is quite lengthy. I feel that some digressions into the politics at his boarding school, for example, weren't worth diving into to explain the effe Leggi tutto
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