Mr. Hodges, a Senior Research Fellow at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford University and a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study here in Princeton, also happens to be the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma (1983). This classic biography of the founder of computer science is the inspiration for the upcoming film, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, to be released in Fall 2014 – so hold tight!
And now, for some information on the real star of the show: Alan Turing.
Alan Turing was the British computer pioneer and codebreaker whose initial idea for a ‘universal machine’ (what we know today as the computer) and whose ability to solve the essential part of the naval indicator system played a fundamental role in cracking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II.
With genius though, came tragedy. Alan Turing was heavily persecuted for his relationship with another man, since homosexual acts were considered criminal offenses in the United Kingdom at that time. Stripped of his security clearance and forced to undergo certain medical treatments, Alan Turing eventually took his own life and was only posthumously pardoned by the government.
Whether you’re interested in mathematics, computer science, the history of World War II, or LGBTQ advocacy, you should make a point to attend this event. Mr. Hodges will regale his audience with stories of Turing’s life and achievements, and why they were – and continue to be – so important. And if you’d like to get a head-start on your Turing facts, check out the first chapter of Hodges’s book, here.
Andrew Hodges is the author of:
|Alan Turing: The Enigma, The Centenary Edition by Andrew Hodges (With a new foreword by Douglas Hofstadter and a new preface by the author)|