What is the best biography on Alan Turing?

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Mudassir Ali
Feb 04, 2020 03:58 PM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 04, 2020 03:58 PM

Thank you for the A2A. I have little new to add and must join all of the others here in saying that …

Andrew Hodges’ Alan Turing: The Enigma[1] is the biography of Turing. Hodges’ biography is thoroughly researched into all aspects of Turing’s life and work, while presenting a very coherent whole. It tells a story, but without cheating to do so. (It doesn’t edit out the parts that “don’t fit”). It is both authoritative and a pleasure to read.

For those more interested in Turing’s work (after you have read Hodge’s book) there is Alan Turing: His Work and Impact[2]. This is a collection of Turing’s work, with introductions to the work and to the impact it has today. It is wonderful to see how deeply Turing contributed to a remarkably wide range of topics.

An outstanding book on the work that made Turing famous is The Annotated Turing[3]. Turing worked on the central problem in the fundamentals of mathematics and created the foundations of information and computing theory along the way. This book steps you through that work.

But for the most complete understanding of the man, his life, his work, and the circumstances that make his story so tragic, start with Hodges’ book

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