Alan Turing: The Enigma

Andrew Hodges

Alan Turing: The Enigma

British mathematician Alan Turing is considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. And that's not all: He played a pivotal role in the Allies defeating Germany in World War II. Despite all his accomplishments, he was prosecuted for being gay and eventually committed suicide at the age of 41.

Alan Turing: The Enigma chronicles all of Turing's success and challenges, and showcases why his work was so important in shaping the world's politics, technology and culture today. 

The book was adapted into a film titled The Imitation Game in 2014, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. The film received 8 Academy Award nominations.


"A son of the British Empire, Alan Turing's social origins lay just on the borderline between the landed gentry and the commercial classes. As merchants, soldiers and clergymen, his ancestors had been gentlemen, but not of the settled kind. Many of them had made their way through the expansion of British interests throughout the world."

From Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges ©2012. Published by Princeton University Press.

Watch the film trailer:

Pardoning Alan Turing on The Current:

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Keira Knightley discusses The Imitation Game on Q:

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The TIFF 2014 reading list: