Alan Turing  Father of Computer Science. Single-handedly won World War II by cracking the Enigma code

Alan Turing Father of Computer Science. Single-handedly won World War II by cracking the Enigma code

It is hard to overstate the importance of Alan Turing, the British mathematician who died in 1954. He was a hero in science, for one. Turing invented the concepts that underlie modern computers and artificial intelligence. And he was a hero in war: He was a vital part of the British cryptographic team at Bletchley Park that cracked the German Enigma code during World War II.

It is hard to overstate the importance of Alan Turing, the British mathematician who died in 1954. He was a hero in science, for one. Turing invented the concepts that underlie modern computers and artificial intelligence. And he was a hero in war: He was a vital part of the British cryptographic team at Bletchley Park that cracked the German Enigma code during World War II.

Alan Turing Bombe machine (top) and the Christopher machine in the movie (bottom). See more pics at: http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/imitation-game/

Alan Turing Bombe machine (top) and the Christopher machine in the movie (bottom). See more pics at: http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/imitation-game/

Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game by Andrew Hodges http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1784700088/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_vappwb13HTZ14

Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game by Andrew Hodges http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1784700088/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_vappwb13HTZ14

Front of a ‘bombe’ code-breaking machine at Bletchley Park, 1943. The electromagnetic machines were used to determine the plugboard settings of German Engima machines. This involved multiple ‘bombes', piles of perforated papers and production lines of analysts to interpret the results.

Alan Turing and his machines - fresh insights into the enigma

Front of a ‘bombe’ code-breaking machine at Bletchley Park, 1943. The electromagnetic machines were used to determine the plugboard settings of German Engima machines. This involved multiple ‘bombes', piles of perforated papers and production lines of analysts to interpret the results.

Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game

Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game

The official book behind the film, The Imitation Game, this is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain's most extraordinary unsung heroes, and one of the world's great

Win a copy of Alan Turing: The Enigma, The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game and tickets to see the movie

Win a copy of Alan Turing: The Enigma, The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game and tickets to see the movie

This is a linocut portrait of Alan Turing (1912-1954). It is printed in indigo and orange by hand on lovely Japanese kozo (or mulberry paper), 9.25 by

This is a linocut portrait of Alan Turing (1912-1954). It is printed in indigo and orange by hand on lovely Japanese kozo (or mulberry paper), 9.25 by

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