The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Alan Turing Decoded

Book - 2016
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Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician who cracked the German Enigma code, enabled a group of British code breakers to shorten World War II by years. That alone would be enough to secure Turing's place in history, but his genius did not stop there. He launched modern computer science through his creation of the universal Turing machine and the Imitation Game, an artificial-intelligence test that is still in use today.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Abrams Books,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9781419718939
Branch Call Number: GN FIC Ottav
Characteristics: 233 pages :,color illustrations ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Purvis, Leland

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mrlindner
Jan 12, 2018

I enjoyed this, just as I enjoyed Ottaviani’s Feynman, which I read in 2012.

“I still work as a librarian by day, but stay up late writing comics about scientists.” I didn’t know he was a librarian too! Aha! That’s right. “He now works at the University of Michigan Library as coordinator of Deep Blue, the university’s institutional repository.[1][2]” [per Wikipedia].

The book consists of some prefatory material, 222 pages of graphic novel, an author’s note a bit over a page long, an annotated 3-page bibliography and recommended reading, and 6-pages of notes and references.

The graphic novel proper consists of the following sections: “Universal Computing” (pp. 1-66), “Top Secret Ultra” [think Bletchley Park] (pp. 67-152), and “The Imitation Game” (pp. 153-222).

Highly recommended! If you know about Turing, and have, like me, perhaps read his papers on universal computing and the imitation game (philosophy and applied computer science undergrad), then this is still a great resource with all of the notes and references to specific works that might be of particular interest to you.

If you know little to nothing about Turing then this is a great introduction. Far better even than the recent (2014) movie, The Imitation Game, with Cumberbatch and Knightley. The presence of actual citations and sources are the basis for this claim.

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elizabeth88_1
Sep 06, 2017

This book explains the life of the man who made the Allied victory over Germany in World War II possible wonderfully well! It also exposes the horrors of "gay conversion therapy", and makes it quite clear that even being a national hero won't spare you if you're not of the "right" sexual orientation!

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kwsmith
Jan 28, 2017

This is an illustrated biography covering the famous British mathematician Alan Turing's entire life. In my University years, I studied much of Turing's work so I was greatly interested to learn more about his tragic life. There is a fair bit of math in the book, but I would have liked a bit more because most of his important theorems can be expressed so elegantly.

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mclarjh
May 29, 2016

Good illustrations, better biography then math explanations.

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