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The Man Who Knew Too Much : Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer, by David Leavitt.

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game, a movie about Alan Turing, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, opened in Columbia theaters on December 25, 2014 (you can see the movie trailer below).

Turing was an eccentric and brilliant British mathematician who worked as a cryptographer at Bletchley Park during World War II. Turing led a team tasked with deciphering the German Enigma enciphering machine codes. The Enigma machine allowed for over 17,000 variations and the codes were considered unbreakable. Alan Turing and his team of code breakers were successful in cracking the Enigma code using machines they built called bombes. The Allied forces used the deciphered messages to anticipate Nazi strategy and win battles that were crucial to their victory in World War II.

After the war, Turing worked with other scientists to create machines that possessed “machine intelligence”, in other words, the artificial intelligence we associate with today’s computers. Alan Turing also devised a test (the Turing Test or Imitation Game) whose purpose was to determine if a computer could exhibit the same type of intelligence that humans possess. In recognition of his groundbreaking research, Alan Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science.

If you are interested in reading more about Alan Turing and other related topics, listed below are library resources.


Alan Turing : The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Amazon Says: Alan Turing (1912-54) was a British mathematician who made history. His breaking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II ensured Allied-American control of the Atla more...
Amazon Says: Alan Turing (1912-54) was a British mathematician who made history. His breaking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II ensured Allied-American control of the Atlantic. But Turing's vision went far beyond the desperate wartime struggle. Already in the 1930s he had defined the concept of the universal machine, which underpins the computer revolution. In 1945 he was a pioneer of electronic computer design. But Turing's true goal was the scientific understanding of the mind, brought out in the drama and wit of the famous "Turing test" for machine intelligence and in his prophecy for the twenty-first century. less...
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Amazon Says: The story of the persecuted genius who helped create the modern computer. To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary more...
Amazon Says: The story of the persecuted genius who helped create the modern computer. To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day, Alan Turing proposed an imaginary programmable calculating machine. But the idea of actually producing a "Turing machine" did not crystallize until he and his brilliant Bletchley Park colleagues built devices to crack the Nazis' Enigma code, thus ensuring the Allies' victory in World War II. In so doing, Turing became a champion of artificial intelligence, formulating the famous (and still unbeaten) Turing Test that challenges our ideas of human consciousness. But Turing's postwar computer-building was cut short when, as an openly gay man in a time when homosexuality was officially illegal in England, he was apprehended by the authorities and sentenced to a "treatment" that amounted to chemical castration, leading to his suicide. With a novelist's sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing in all his humanity—his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candor—while elegantly explaining his work and its implications. less...
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Alan Turing by Jim Corrigan
Amazon Says: Profiles the life and accomplishments of the British mathematician who played a major role in unraveling German codes during World War II and helped to establish the fields of more...
Amazon Says: Profiles the life and accomplishments of the British mathematician who played a major role in unraveling German codes during World War II and helped to establish the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence. less...
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Amazon Says: Half a century of research has resulted in machines capable of beating the best human chess players and humanoid robots that can interact. But can machines really think? Is th more...
Amazon Says: Half a century of research has resulted in machines capable of beating the best human chess players and humanoid robots that can interact. But can machines really think? Is the mind just a complicated computer program? Introducing Artificial Intelligence focuses on the issues behind one of science's most difficult problems. less...
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Amazon Says: INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Go behind the scenes of the top-secret setting of The Imitation Game A remarkable look at day-to-day life of the codebreakers whose clandesti more...
Amazon Says: INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Go behind the scenes of the top-secret setting of The Imitation Game A remarkable look at day-to-day life of the codebreakers whose clandestine efforts helped win World War II Bletchley Park looked like any other sprawling country estate. In reality, however, it was the top-secret headquarters of Britain’s Government Code and Cypher School—and the site where Germany’s legendary Enigma code was finally cracked. There, the nation’s most brilliant mathematical minds—including Alan Turing, whose discoveries at Bletchley would fuel the birth of modern computing—toiled alongside debutantes, factory workers, and students on projects of international importance. Until now, little has been revealed about ordinary life at this extraordinary facility. Drawing on remarkable first-hand interviews, The Secret Lives of Codebreakers reveals the entertainments, pastimes, and furtive romances that helped ease the incredible pressures faced by these covert operatives as they worked to turn the tide of World War II. less...
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Amazon Says: Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destine more...
Amazon Says: Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It’s also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity, and teamwork, The Innovators shows how they happen. less...
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The Imitation Game - Official Trailer - The Weinstein Company
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