Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film by Andrew Hodges

By Andrew Hodges

The professional booklet at the back of the Academy Award-winning movie The Imitation video game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley

It is simply a moderate exaggeration to assert that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) stored the Allies from the Nazis, invented the pc and synthetic intelligence, and expected homosexual liberation by way of decades--all sooner than his suicide at age 41. This manhattan Times–bestselling biography of the founding father of laptop technology, with a brand new preface through the writer that addresses Turing’s royal pardon in 2013, is the definitive account of a unprecedented brain and life.

Capturing either the interior and outer drama of Turing’s lifestyles, Andrew Hodges tells how Turing’s innovative concept of 1936--the proposal of a common machine--laid the basis for the fashionable computing device and the way Turing introduced the belief to functional consciousness in 1945 together with his digital layout. The booklet additionally tells how this paintings was once at once regarding Turing’s prime position in breaking the German Enigma ciphers in the course of international warfare II, a systematic triumph that was once serious to Allied victory within the Atlantic. whilst, this is often the tragic account of a guy who, regardless of his wartime provider, was once finally arrested, stripped of his safeguard clearance, and compelled to suffer a humiliating therapy program--all for attempting to dwell truthfully in a society that outlined homosexuality as a crime.

The proposal for an enormous movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Alan Turing: The Enigma is a gripping tale of arithmetic, pcs, cryptography, and gay persecution.

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With the help of a £100 loan from a family friend he bought his pony and saddlery, and was sent off into the interior. For ten years he served in the districts of Bellary, Kurnool and Vizigapatam 6 Alan T ur ing: T h e Enigma as Assistant Collector and Magistrate. There he rode from village to village, reporting upon agriculture, sanitation, irrigation, vaccination, auditing accounts, and overseeing the native magistracy. He added the Telugu language to his repertoire, and became Head Assistant Collector in 1906.

It was an act of pulling rank which, in 1952, Hugh Alexander’s advocacy had not been able to achieve, but sixty years later, dressed up with the formal magic of monarchy, was widely applauded. Queen Elizabeth’s reign had begun with Turing’s arrest, giving extra piquancy to the medieval language of the Royal Pardon, but those unfamiliar with the decorative aspects of the British constitution should appreciate that this was simply an executive action by the government. Its language recognised Turing as exceptional in his service of the state, and thus re-emphasised the central question of Turing’s relationship with that state.

Soon, however, the crocuses and the treacherous beauty of the autumnal flowers were forgotten, and an animated discussion began at the richly laid table. But despite the earnest intention of the participants not to raise professional questions, it proved impossible to get completely away from Enigma. Once again, there was talk of the errors committed by German operators and of the perforated sheets, now machine- rather than handmade, which the British sent in series from Bletchley to the Poles working at Gretz-Armainvillers, outside Paris.

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