Mitch Jeserich in conversation with British mathematician Andrew Hodges. He is author of the book Alan Turing: The Enigma. The 2014 movie, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, is based on Hodges’ book.
It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades–all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life. A gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution, Andrew Hodges’s acclaimed book captures both the inner and outer drama of Turing’s life.