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The Case of Alan Turing: The Extraordinary and Tragic Story of the Legendary Codebreaker

The Case of Alan Turing The Extraordinary and Tragic Story of the Legendary Codebreaker Alan Turing subject of the Oscar winning film The Imitation Game was the brilliant mathematician solicited by the British government to help decipher messages sent by Germany s Enigma machines

  • Title: The Case of Alan Turing: The Extraordinary and Tragic Story of the Legendary Codebreaker
  • Author: Éric Liberge Arnaud Delalande David Homel
  • ISBN: 9781551526508
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Alan Turing, subject of the Oscar winning 2014 film The Imitation Game, was the brilliant mathematician solicited by the British government to help decipher messages sent by Germany s Enigma machines during World War II The work of Turing and his colleagues at Hut 8 created what became known as the bombe which descrambled the German navy s messages and saved countless lAlan Turing, subject of the Oscar winning 2014 film The Imitation Game, was the brilliant mathematician solicited by the British government to help decipher messages sent by Germany s Enigma machines during World War II The work of Turing and his colleagues at Hut 8 created what became known as the bombe which descrambled the German navy s messages and saved countless lives and millions in British goods and merchandise.Despite his heroics, however, Turing led a secret life as a homosexual After a young man with whom he was involved stole money from him, he went to the police, where he confessed his homosexuality he was charged with gross indecency, and only avoided prison after agreeing to undergo chemical castration Tragically, he committed suicide two years later.Authors Liberge and Delalande used once classified information only available in 2012 to create a biography that is scientifically rigorous yet understandable for the lay reader It s also a meticulous depiction of World War II, and an intimate portrayal of a gay man living in an intolerant world.Delving deeper into Turing s life than The Imitation Game, this graphic novel is a fascinating portrait of this brilliant, complicated, and troubled man.Eric Liberge has authored or co authored over thirty graphic novels in his native France, including books on Versailles and World War II.Arnaud Delalande is the author of nine novels as well as numerous graphic novels in France, including Le Piege de Dante Dante s Trap , translated into twenty languages.

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    1. For a short graphic novel,it was really good.Excellent artwork and gave a fine description of Turing and his work.

    2. This astonishing biographical comic introduced me to the father of the computer--despite benefiting from his work on a daily basis, most of us have no idea who he wasAN TURING plunges readers into the white-knuckled world of WW2-era codebreaking and the Allies' attempts to decipher coded German military intelligence. Despite the fact that Turing developed a codebreaking computer that helped save thousands of lives, he was treated shamefully by the English courts when it was discovered that he wa [...]

    3. Good read to kick off Pride Month!If you've read the autobiography or seen the movie, none of the themes nor the story itself are surprising. What's different about this work is the portrayal of Turing's battle with himself, struggling with his homosexuality in an era where it was illegal.Only 4 mostly because I'm not a huge fan of the art style of French autobiographical graphic novels/comics.

    4. This was a fascinating book, and the art was fantastic. So moving and heartwrenching. Also the end surprised me even though I should have seen the twist was perfect. I also appreciated that women were present. There was clearly a deliberate effort to show women doing the jobs they did, which was noticeable in the best way.

    5. An interesting elliptical overview of Turing's life and work. Suitable for those looking for an introduction or more facts than the movie. This book jumped around a lot. With text, there are usually clues for a change of scene. In graphic works, I seem to miss the clues if they exist. I guess I'm a tiny bit like Turing-- for all his smarts he also managed to overlook a lot of clues in life.

    6. I liked the illustrations and how Turing's inner demons were represented. A good, short intro to his life, work, struggles, and death.

    7. I like the occasional graphic novel - being a long term comic book fan and one who still admires the art from afar (and in movie formats these days) - I do like to pick up a graphic novel now and again. This was on the "librarian's pick" shelf and caught my eye. It was very enjoyable and obviously a quick and easy read. Telling the story with graphics adds to the power of the subject matter and this writing team did the topic justice.

    8. Beautifully drawn and colored. The story went a bit over my head as far as the specific math concepts but it was an enjoyable read.

    9. Nothing is new in this work, however it is so much better than the previous work. It doesn’t smooth over his homosexuality at all.

    10. I received this as an advanced reader copy for Kindle from Edelweiss. This is a translation from the French -- a graphic history of Alan Turing's time spent creating the code-breaking machine that countered the Nazi's Enigma machine and changed the course of the war. Once it was discovered that Turing was gay (illegal in Great Britain at the time), he was convicted and sentenced to chemical castration. He eventually committed suicide. All of this is public record, so no spoilers.The illustration [...]

    11. This is a nice little biography, focused on the time Turning was working as a code breaker (going deep enough into it that it was beyond my experience). There’s a bit about the childhood, but mostly it is about the work he did for His Majesty’s service in breaking the enigma code. But in the background and never apologized for is Turing’s homosexuality which led the same government to hound him to the point of suicide. Again, well done, but there is a bit of overplaying Turing’s one yout [...]

    12. I borrowed this graphic novel from the library out of curiosity as I wanted to compare it to the recent movie based on Turing's life, 'The Imitation Game'. They were both quite similar, but also different in the things the focused on. Although they both had focus on how he tragically ended his life, this book seemed to dwell on his internal struggle of keeping his secret life hidden than the movie did. He was definitely a genius who was far ahead of his time, but the way he was treated in the en [...]

    13. For anyone who is fascinated by Alan Turing, including those who saw the film, The Imitation Game, will enjoy this well done biography of Turing. We see more of Turing's childhood in this book, as well as his critical work on breaking the Enigma machine code and his arrest and treatment for his sexual identity. It is so tragic that the British government hounded him and drove him to suicide, overlooking the fact that it was his accomplishment that probably saved Britain from Nazi Germany.

    14. Je suis assez sceptique quant à la manière dont la vie d'Alan Turing a été décrite ici : les parties mathématiques sont trop complexes pour quelqu'un qui n'y connait rien et ont tendance à perdre le lecteur [et visiblement, pour un matheux, ça manque clairement de consistance]. Par contre, on parle assez peu de ses difficultés à s'intégrer au monde, des ses difficultés en tant qu'homosexuel alors que c'est le second sujet de la bande dessinée.Donc, je suis très déçue par cette le [...]

    15. Le scénario est assez brouillon et se perd parfois dans des états d'âmes à la limite du nombrilisme. Cependant, c'est peut-être un excellent moyen de nous plonger plus efficacement dans la vie pour le moins torturée de l'un des plus grand scientifique du XXe siècle.

    16. I think what really stood out to me on this one was the artwork-- it's cold and clinical but also surprisingly beautiful and emotional.

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