The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Alan Turing Decoded

Book - 2016
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"English mathematician and scientist Alan Turing (19121954) is credited with many of the foundational principles of contemporary computer science. The Imitation Game presents a historically accurate graphic novel biography of Turing's life, including his groundbreaking work on the fundamentals of cryptography and artificial intelligence. His code breaking efforts led to the cracking of the German Enigma during World War II, work that saved countless lives and accelerated the Allied defeat of the Nazis. While Turing's achievements remain relevant decades after his death, the story of his life in post-war Europe continues to fascinate audiences today. Award-winning duo Jim Ottaviani (the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Feynman and Primates) and artist Leland Purvis (an Eisner and Ignatz Award nominee and occasional reviewer for the Comics Journal) present a factually detailed account of Turing's life and groundbreaking research--as an unconventional genius who was arrested, tried, convicted, and punished for being openly gay, and whose innovative work still fuels the computing and communication systems that define our modern world. Computer science buffs, comics fans, and history aficionados will be captivated by this riveting and tragic story of one of the 20th centurys most unsung heroes"--Publisher website.
A biography of the mathematician, reveals the story of an eccentric genius, Olympic-class runner, and groundbreaking theoretician whose work is still influencing the science and telecommunication systems of the modern world.
Publisher: New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2016
ISBN: 9781419718939
Branch Call Number: 510.92 TURING OTTAVIA
Characteristics: 233 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Purvis, Leland


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Sep 06, 2017

This book explains the life of the man who made the Allied victory over Germany in World War II possible wonderfully well! It also exposes the horrors of "gay conversion therapy", and makes it quite clear that even being a national hero won't spare you if you're not of the "right" sexual orientation!

Jan 28, 2017

This is an illustrated biography covering the famous British mathematician Alan Turing's entire life. In my University years, I studied much of Turing's work so I was greatly interested to learn more about his tragic life. There is a fair bit of math in the book, but I would have liked a bit more because most of his important theorems can be expressed so elegantly.

May 29, 2016

Good illustrations, better biography then math explanations.


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