Earlier this week, the Bank of England announced that Alan Turing will be on the new £50! This is very cool news, and we thought it was also a good time to point you in the direction of ALAN TURING: THE ENIGMA, the best-selling and critically-acclaimed biography by Andrew Hodges! Published by Vintage in the UK, and Princeton University Press in the US, here’s the 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.
The biography was also adapted into the Academy Award-winning movie, THE IMITATION GAME, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, Charles Dance and more. The book has also been published widely in translation.