By reading this koob, you will learn the secret story of the father of modern computing, Alan Turing.
You will also learn:
How national crises can oil the wheels of progress
Why “heresy” is often synonymous with change
How “building a brain” became part of the war effort
Why Cold War paranoia led to an anti-gay crackdown, and
How the war was won, and the peace lost, by a man born decades ahead of his time
When Andrew Hodges started research for this biography in the late 1970s, Alan Turing was just a footnote in academic history. But the world was changing. The declassification of various wartime documents, the 1967 decriminalization of homosexuality, and tireless campaigning by the Gay Liberation Movement all brought Alan Turing into the public eye. Published in 1983, using the impressive archive amassed by Turing’s doting mother, this definitive biography marked the turn of the tide. The world was finally ready to hear how one “ordinary English homosexual atheist mathematician” had changed technology forever. Are you?