The Imitation Game

Joe Williams:

Many of the people reading this review are doing it on a computer. And all of them are reading it in English. It’s not much of stretch to say that you could credit both of those things to a man named Alan Turing.

Turing was a British mathematician who spearheaded the Allied effort to decode the Nazis’ secret communications. Many historians now believe that cracking the Enigma code was the decisive factor in defeating the Germans. And in the process, Turing invented the first machine that could rightly be called a computer.

It’s hard to imagine a world without computers. It’s even harder to imagine having to explain to someone—in a world without them—that you’re about to build a computer, to win an entire war.


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