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

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MY BROTHER ALAN

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My mother has written a biography of my brother Alan. It was certainly a tour de force on her part to write it, as she did, in her seventies. It has rightly been praised, by others better qualified to judge than I am, as a revealing study of a son who became, undoubtedly, a mathematical genius.

I start off, therefore, at a disadvantage. Much of the ground has already been covered, and certainly, so far as Alan’s childhood is concerned, far better and in more detail than I could have done it myself. But it is sufficiently obvious to any discerning reader of that book that a false note has been struck somewhere: could Alan have ...

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