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January 28, 2007

The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer By David Leavitt

British mathematician Alan Turing committed suicide in 1954 by biting into a cyanide-laced apple. A groundbreaking thinker in the field of pure math, principally responsible for breaking the Enigma code used by the Germans during World War II and the originator of the ideas that led to the invention of the computer, Turing was also an avowed homosexual at a time when such behavior flew in the face of both convention and the law. With lyrical prose and great compassion, Leavitt has produced a simple book about a complex man.

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