A “skillful, literate” (New York Times Book Review) biography of the persecuted genius
who helped create the modern computer
To solve one of the great mathematical problems of his day,
Alan Turing proposed an imaginary computer. Then, attempting to break a Nazi
code during World War II, he successfully designed and built one, thus ensuring
the Allied victory. Turing became a champion of artificial intelligence, but
his work was cut short. As an openly gay man at a time when homosexuality was
illegal in England, he was convicted and forced to undergo a humiliating “treatment”
that may have led to his suicide.
With a novelist’s sensitivity, David Leavitt portrays Turing
in all his humanity—his eccentricities, his brilliance, his fatal candor—and
elegantly explains his work and its implications. Download and start listening now!