with Sir Dermot Turing:
Decoding Alan Turing, C20th Icon
BSL Signed Event: The Sky Room, MK Gallery
Sunday 22 September, 4pm: £5
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'Who was Alan Turing?
Founder of computer science, mathematician, philosopher,
codebreaker, strange visionary and a gay man before his time'
Andrew Hodges is best known as the biographer of Alan Turing, the British founder of computer science and now famous codebreaker at Bletchley Park.
His book Alan Turing: The Enigma first appeared in 1983 and has subsequently run through many editions and translations. It has also inspired works for stage, film, fiction, and music. Andrew has written further scholarly works on Turing and maintains a website at www.turing.org.uk.
Andrew is a professional mathematician, a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and a colleague of Sir Roger Penrose in research into mathematical physics. His work on Turing is distinctive for combining insights from mathematics and science with a kind of personal story-telling which owes much to the birth of the modern lesbian and gay rights movement in the 1970s. Nearly forty years on, he will reflect on the secret histories that were involved in uncovering Alan Turing's extraordinary life and death.
More about Andrew Hodges:
Andrew will be in conversation with Sir Dermot Turing, Alan Turing's nephew, who had a career in the legal profession before turning to writing narrative history as a second career. His most recent book is X, Y and Z: The Real Story of How Enigma Was Broken. He is actively involved in the Bletchley Park museum and Turing Trust charity.
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