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Alan Turing by Douglas Hofstadter, Andrew Hodges

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Author’s Note

For a figure in world history, there is very little source material from which to reconstruct a picture of Alan Turing – few original documents, and little in the way of published commentary. Secrecy and embarrassment of various kinds are partly responsible, but there is a paucity of information even where taboo subjects are not involved. The early development of the ACE, for instance, is covered incompletely by the surviving records – and some of the most interesting exist only thanks to unofficial individual initiative. The ACE represented a major act of public enterprise, and the events of 1946-9 largely determined the shape taken in Britain by what was soon to be seen as a second industrial revolution. Had cooperation between ...

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