Reading: Alan Turing: The Enigma

So the book was first published in 1983. But it’s an interesting read and I’m only a few pages in at the moment. But the book doesn’t dance around the fact that a) Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician b) Alan Turing and his Turing Machine  are the father of modern computing and c) Alan Turing was in fact homosexual.

The book is also the inspiration for the current movie “The Imitation Game”. So It’ll be interesting to read the book first then see the movie. See how closely it hews to the book.

But the book covers all of Turing’s life – from birth to death and details his accomplishments prime among them cracking the Nazi encryption codes. And he did it by hand at first but soon realized an automatic means was necessary hence the Turing machine and Colossus.

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