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# L'uomo che sapeva troppo: Alan Turing e l'invenzione del computer (Great Discoveries)

Pensatore sregolato e rivoluzionario, matematico geniale in grado di violare durante la Seconda guerra mondiale il famigerato codice Enigma, utilizzato dalla Germania nazista; soprattutto profeta dell’intelligenza artificiale, da lui teorizzata già negli anni Trenta quando non era stato ancora creato il primo computer. Ma anche uomo insicuro, solitario e tormentato, etiche
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Paperback, 248 pages

Published
March 27th 2007
by Codice Edizioni
(first published January 1st 2006)

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Naturally there are some pages of equations and mathematical d ...more

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I lost interest and gave up on page 26. So early! Feeble really; but I've just not been able to get back into it, despite trying.

The author's narrative reads too much like a first draft, a rough, barely-ordered laying out of sources without the subsequent necessary review, re-review, and knitting-together into a text that engages its reader as it flows. Was the sub-editor asleep at the time?

I am disappointed. After several deeply engrossing visits to the Bletchley Park site, and The National Mus ...more

The author's narrative reads too much like a first draft, a rough, barely-ordered laying out of sources without the subsequent necessary review, re-review, and knitting-together into a text that engages its reader as it flows. Was the sub-editor asleep at the time?

I am disappointed. After several deeply engrossing visits to the Bletchley Park site, and The National Mus ...more

I raised an eyebrow when I saw David Leavitt as the author of the book, wondering whether an author mostly known (or at least mostly known to me) as a writer of gay-centr ...more

This is a biography of Alan Turing, the man who was critical in decoding and building the computer (and the theoretical basis of the computer) used to decode the German Enigma machine and who pioneered AI theory. The tragic end of his life had me in tears at the injustice, a life and a genius lost (and a loss to society). His end was also poetic, (view spoiler) .

The book is a bit dry, especially during the difficult math parts, but it is nec ...more

Turing formulated a conceptual and technical framework for how a machine could be built that could be programmed to carry out arbitrary calculations all from first principles. Decades after his groundbreaking work on this subject, he was still patiently explaining the "surprising" discovery that ...more

**tutta**la vita del matematico inglese in chiave omosessuale, a meno che uno non voglia farsi ridere dietro scrivendo ad esempio che "la strategia attuata da Turing d ...more

It's worth noting, though, that the book doesn't have quite the emphasis that I was expecting. Many, many, many more pages are spent on the mathematics than on the man. A lengthy explanation of the operation of a series of hypothetical Turing machines runs to 30 pages. On the other hand, it was a shock to learn that Turing was briefly eng ...more

The first half of the book seems padded. Leavitt spends way too much time describing other homosexual scholars at Cambridge with whom Turning had no interactions. It seemed bizarre to write about men Turing might have met if only he had been less shy.

A section of Turing's WWII work to break the code of the German's Enigma machines is interesting and written in a way that a lay person feels like she almost understands how th ...more

I liked this biography especially because the author sat down and worked out some of the math, and spent time explaining decoding. But really, the important part was that they didn't gloss over the fact that--shock--Turing was gay.

Even for someone that likes to read nonfiction anyway, I was REALLY into this book. Only reason it took so long to get to it was school (since I bought this in the summer).

Great biography. ...more

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An interesting book, with many details of the extent of Turing's wide ranging investigations into the fundamentals of mathematics and logic, together with the author's assessment of the relationship between Turing's homosexuality and indifference to social conventions and Turing's thought processes, also unconventional.

Ironic and sad that Turing seemed well aware of the effect of his unconventionality on his career, and was finally unwilling to accommodate the society and times in which he live ...more

Ironic and sad that Turing seemed well aware of the effect of his unconventionality on his career, and was finally unwilling to accommodate the society and times in which he live ...more

*the Imitation Game*and became really fascinated by Alan Turing and his life. It's precisely why I chose this book over

*Alan Turing: The Enigma*(the inspiration for the movie) because I thought it would talk more about his personal life. Instead, it was very technical and a tad bit dry. And while I appreciated having the chance to understand his work, it was more than I was expecting...because I'm not super mathy and my knowledge of math theory is severely lacking (maybe not so much anymore ...more

I'll be honest, I was lost during the latter parts of the book ( the arguments between two, or more, scholars, went well over my head ).

The final part of the book is the only part that shows, or attempts to show, Turing as an ...more

I would highly recommend this book as a quick look at Turing and the importance of his work - in both mathematics and computer science - for those who may not have ...more

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Leavitt is a graduate of Yale University and a professor at the University of Florida, where he is the co-director of the creative writing program. He is also the editor of

Leavitt, who is openly gay, has frequently explored gay issues in his work. He divides his time between Florida and Tuscany, Italy.

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*Subtropics*magazine, The University of Florida's literary review.Leavitt, who is openly gay, has frequently explored gay issues in his work. He divides his time between Florida and Tuscany, Italy.

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