ICYMI: New Chinese edition of ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA

In case you missed it last year, there is a new Chinese edition of Andrew Hodges‘s best-selling, critically-acclaimed biography ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA. Published by Hunan Science & Technology Press (湖南科学技术出版社) as 艾伦·图灵传—如谜的解谜者, here’s the synopsis…


The 艾伦·图灵传—如谜的解谜者 set pictured above includes the biography split into two parts.

The biography — on which THE IMITATION GAME movie was based — is published in the UK by Vintage, and in the US by Princeton University Press. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Alan Turing was the mathematician whose cipher-cracking transformed the Second World War. Taken on by British Intelligence in 1938, as a shy young Cambridge don, he combined brilliant logic with a flair for engineering. In 1940 his machines were breaking the Enigma-enciphered messages of Nazi Germany’s air force. He then headed the penetration of the super-secure U-boat communications.

But his vision went far beyond this achievement. Before the war he had invented the concept of the universal machine, and in 1945 he turned this into the first design for a digital computer.

Turing’s far-sighted plans for the digital era forged ahead into a vision for Artificial Intelligence. However, in 1952 his homosexuality rendered him a criminal and he was subjected to humiliating treatment. In 1954, aged 41, Alan Turing took his own life.

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