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The mathematician Alan Turing is the father of our digital world

By Ray Monk   April 2012

Creator and saviour? Turing spent the second world war at Bletchley Park, where he devoted himself to breaking the Enigma code

Digitized: The Science of Computers and How it Shapes Our World by Peter J Bentley, (Oxford University Press) Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson (Allen Lane) Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges (Centenary Edition, Vintage) Alan M Turing by Sara Turing (Centenary Edition, Cambridge University Press)

A hundred years ago this June saw the birth of the man from whose brain sprang what is arguably the single most powerful idea of the 20th…

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