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Alan M. Turing, Second Edition by Lyn Irvine, John F. Turing, Sara Turing

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5

At the Graduate College, Princeton

The Farringdon Road market was a favourite haunt of Alan’s:it was here that he picked up his violin, already mentioned, and here, I think, found the ancient sextant which was to be part of his equipment for his voyage to New York on 23rd September, 1936. He sailed steerage and I saw him off at Southampton. As we did not realize the extent of the docks we walked from the train to the steamer and the sextant was allotted to me to carry. Of all the ungainly things to hold, commend me to an old-fashioned sextant case. Though some readings were taken, what with the movement of the ship, and a defect in the instrument and Alan’s inexperience, he doubted their accuracy. He heads his letter from the Berengaria ...

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