Alan Turing (Profiles in Mathematics)

Jim Corrigan

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Synopsis: A young adult biography of mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing

From Booklist: Corrigan’s descriptions of English mathematician Turing as sporting “ragged, wrinkled clothes” and few social graces will fit many readers’ mental image of a numbers genius. But other aspects of this portrait push against stereotype, revealing a life marked by a turbulence more typically associated with writers or artists. Following insightful snippets from Turing’s youth, Corrigan guides readers through his subject’s work as an early computing visionary and, later, his now-legendary participation in World War II’s Bletchley Park code-breaking project. Throughout, candid mentions of Turing’s homosexuality help readers contextualize the scandal he endured after running afoul of the era’s discriminatory legislation. Equal sensitivity distinguishes Corrigan’s handling of Turing’s death, officially (but not decisively) a suicide and, bizarrely, apparently staged to resemble a scene in the film Snow White. Illustrated with well-chosen photos, including one of the “father of computer science” casually eating cake at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, this nicely documented title bodes well for the Profiles in Mathematics series’ stated aim to “lift mathematics off the page and out of the calculator.” Grades 7-10. --Jennifer Mattson

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Title: Alan Turing (Profiles in Mathematics)
Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub
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