THE IMITATION GAME BOOK
by Andrew Hodges. The book covers Alan Turing's life and work. The American film The Imitation Game is loosely based on the book, with dramatization. The Imitation Game is a American historical drama film directed by Morten Tyldum and . Princeton University Press and Vintage Books both released film tie-in editions of Andrew Hodges' biography Alan Turing: The Enigma in. A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe official book behind the Academy Award -winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira.
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The official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. ALAN TURING: ENIGMA: The Incredible True Story of the Man Who Cracked. The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper. A New York Times Bestseller Selected as a ALA/YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens: Nonfiction Award winning authors Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis. The Imitation Game book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Today, Alan Turing is considered the father of theoretical comp.
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Many times I wanted to put the book away, but I finished it in spite of myself. If you prefer to read reference material, which is how I believe this book should be classified, then knock yourself out.
It will feel like you have gone 15 rounds after you finish this tome. I devoured the shows on PBS about cracking Enigma. I was glad to start reading this book. Soon I wasn't so glad. The writer, a mathematician, doesn't have the gift for narrative needed to bring Turing, and the group at Bletchley Park, to life.
The trivia included rather than pruned shows a lack of writing skill. For example, in early chapters about Turing's schooling, one reads nearly every note sent home by a schoolmaster. But a more major event nailing Turing under floorboards was glossed over in a sentence without a comment by the author as to impact, or primary source quote concerning the incident. More troubling is the utter boring chapter on Bletchley Park.
How can this chapter be boring? Yet it is. The explanation and sketches of how Turing's machine worked are unsatisfactory.
I didn't learn anything from the authors and I had several advanced math classes in college. I contrast this with biographies of physicists, contemporaries of Turing but written by writers Richard Rhodes, for example: Absolutely unsettling is the jarring way the author skips from topic to topic.
On one page he note that Turing accepted his sexual orientation; on the next there is talk of suicide. Again, there is no comment by the author. Considering how Turing's life ended, one would expect more explication here. Related to this topic is the story of Turing and Bob Augenfeld, the young refugee Turing sponsored. Turing propositioning the minor Augenfeld would today be classed as sexual predation, yet the author glossed over it, noting that Augenfeld remained friends with Turing.
An alternative explanation might be that Augenfeld hoped Turing would help get his mother out of Vienna, and did not seek to sever the relationship for this reason. This was in In summary, this book was slow reading, even for someone interested in the man and the topic.
I give it 3 stars because of the importance of the topic and the many contribution Turing made to mathematics and computer sciences. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is a re-release of a book that was first published in and largely researched during the 10 years prior to that , so it first came out in a very different time than today--a time when World WarII secrets were still being somewhat protected, and when the details of a homosexual man's life were still not easy to explain to the average audience without giving offense.
Also, it was written and published in Great Britain. As a result, there are many allusions and off-hand references that are opaque to an American living in Although the author is a gay rights activist himself, as well as a mathematician, and wrote this book in part to try to see Alan Turing's life from a sympathetic point of view, some of his narration comes across as coy to the point of obscurity--he mentions Turing's trip to Sweden, but it is not till much later that it finally becomes clear that he went there to pick up young men.
It is never completely clear which of his friends were also lovers and which were just colleagues. And perhaps that was necessary when those men were still alive, or were only recently deceased, but if the book is going to be re-issued, it needed to be re-edited as well. The intro, which details places where changes should or could be made, was not an adequate substitute for a revised edition.
The explanations of code breaking is detailed, but perhaps necessarily obscure as well. I still have no idea of how Turing's insights were different than what the Polish codebreakers had already accomplished.
One point that was a big issue in the movie, about how the Allies should use the information that they from their ability to read the Enigma code was never mentioned in the book, yet it is a crucial question--the movie has the military allowing a ship carrying one of the codebreakers's brothers go to its death, because otherwise the Germans would know that the Brits were able to read their messages, and would then change it. This is not in the book fine, maybe it was fiction , but it's a key aspect of game theory--how do you use your hard-won information without tipping your hand?
The Imitation Game
And if you can't use it, what's the point of having it? It is a bit ironic that a book whose title implies that Alan Turing himself is the biggest enigma manages to leave him still an enigma in many ways, but that is the case. I think the aspect of the book that I most grasped and that was the most thought-provoking was Turing's ideas about machine intelligence. Turing was not actually most interested in making machines that were intelligent; he was most interested in exploring intelligence in machine form in order to understand what human intelligence actually is.
He posited an extreme statement: But his point was to show that there was no "ghost in the machine," no special non-material "spirit" or "will" or "intuition" or "insight" necessary to explain human intelligence. Like most people, I resist this idea to some extent.
Could machines computers, that is ever make judgments? At first, my answer is no. But then they made computers that play chess at a Grand Master level in the s!
Ok, but that seems like a sort of a stunt. Still, it seems more like looking things up on Wikipedia really fast, rather than actually thinking. But then I read that Watson is actually being used to diagnose illnesses, and that computers are more accurate than physicians, less liable to be led astray by forgetting or overlooking or dismissing crucial details. Hmmm, In advance, I would have said that the ability to diagnose a disease was an example par excellence of the sort of human judgment that computers would never have.
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BOOK REVIEW: 'The Imitation Game' by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis | Cultured Vultures
USA Today. Telluride Review". Knightley and Cumberbatch impress, but historical spoilers lower the tension". The New York Review of Books. We've Separated Fact From Fiction". Science News. Tutte, Flowers, and a Bad Imitation of Turing". Communications of the ACM.
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Maybe a new reader with no knowledge of Turing may get a bit lost. But I certainly enjoyed it. Jim Ottaviano did it again. I really need to keep on top of his upcoming projects.
Surprises are good, but the thought of missing out is a little frightening. View 2 comments. Sep 13, Doreen rated it liked it. Great story, but I thought the execution could have been smoother, and the entire narrative framed better.
Didn't understand the point of the interview set-up, and it felt like I had to fill in too many story-related blanks on my own. Glad to see Alan Turing's story get more play, though. What happened to him was a tragedy. Apr 25, R. View all 4 comments. So going into this book I wondered if it might just be more of the same for me. But I was quite impressed. I found that this format and the techniques that the author and illustrator use helped me to understand all the computer science and mathematics and code-breaking methods better than I ever have.
And I definitely have a better grip on what Turing called The Imitation Game, namesake of both this graphic novel and the film. The narrators are depicted as ghosts from his past, telling parts of Turing's story - from childhood to death - to an interviewer, each from their own potentially unreliable perspectives. Or sharing their own particular memories and insights. Turing's mother is a chief narrator, and his brother John gives brief input. Winston Churchill puts in appearance, and in one particular scene, Turing has a bit of an imaginary debate with pioneering programmer Lady Ada Lovelace.
The novel attempts to balance the story of Turing's life as a gay man who paid a horrible price for his sexuality with other aspects of his being and his contributions to the sciences, well beyond even his incredible work during his WWII-time service.
And the author is successful in making the reader appreciate the remarkable scope of Turing's work. I like the way Jim Ottaviani has provided a bibliography and references for the source of information applied to various frames of illustration. This helped address many of the questions that arose as I read.
I also appreciated the Author's Note. And I appreciate this book as an object - the dimensions, solidity, the cover design and textures, the quality of the paper and the binding, the illustrated endpapers.
It appeals visually and in its tactile qualities. I think the quality of so many graphic books may push quality book design and production in other genres as well. Here's hoping. In fact, this may be the first time that I have found a graphic novel as satisfying as a regular novel. And this is, I think, the first time that I have given 5 stars to something along the lines of a graphic novel.
This publication is growing in me a real appreciation for graphic books. So, thanks Jim and Leland! View 1 comment. Mar 08, Tanja rated it it was amazing Shelves: I got this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review. This biographical graphic novel is one of my favorite reads ever. It describes the life of Alan Turing, the father of computer science.
The story is told from a few different points of view. I wanted the story to go into more detail about what exactly Turing di I got this book on Netgalley in exchange for a review. How could such an interesting story be presented in such a boring manner?
Review to come. This unbiased rating is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher. Really well done. Not super uplifting. I learned things. Annnnnd not all of those things were things I wanted to know. History is always so sad, you guys. Most of the technical stuff went over my head.
But it was also really fascinating even when I couldn't understand it. I loved the way all the different voices told the story, with Alan himself coming in too. This graphic novel managed to do more with Turing's tragic and short life than the limpid movie with the same name attempted. Sep 05, Shealea rated it really liked it Shelves: The Imitation Game film left me in tears, and so when I saw this title, I was very much interested in reading it!
And let me tell you something: I don't read graphic novels very often, but I really enjoyed my reading experience with The Imitation Game. I would highly recommend this to people in search of nonfiction, historical accounts told in a wonderfully creative, visual way.
I received a copy of The Imitation Game from the publisher via N The Imitation Game film left me in tears, and so when I saw this title, I was very much interested in reading it! I received a copy of The Imitation Game from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating: A wasted genius. A satisfying graphic novel about Turing's life. The shifts in time were a little confusing at times, but overall an enjoyable read.
Even when you know how it ends: Aug 06, Missy rated it it was ok Shelves: The Imitation Game is quite complicated. I would have lost the thread of the story if I hadn't already watched the movie. There are three main sections: Anyone who already has knowledge about the Enigma machine might enjoy the middle section. Some of the complication, I suspect, is purposeful.
Alan Turing was a mathematical genius who went off on tangents in his conversations. But there were many narrators in the story - it's presented as an interview, The Imitation Game is quite complicated.
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But there were many narrators in the story - it's presented as an interview, and I didn't always track with the changes. Also, his post war work shifted about a lot. I had no concept of how many years we were covering or what he may have accomplished. A major focus of the third section is Turing's open homosexuality. He apparently lost his career opportunities after he was tried and convicted of "gross indecency. Different theories about his death are discussed in the author's notes.
I would recommend the movie over the book - a rare event for this reader. Dec 11, Erin rated it liked it. A little hard to follow at times, but still a fascinating look at one of the tragic geniuses of the 20th century. Not going into many details, as this wouldn't be really convenient in graphic novel form anyway, but comprehensive enough to encompass the most important aspects of his work. Since it was classified information, none were allowed to tell, even after World War II was over, what kind of work exactly they had done.
Some were finally allowed to reveal it decades later, after the classified bit was lifted, while others died without never having opened their mouths about it. The format is a bit strange, in that, as mentioned above, the story follows Alan's voice as well as that of another person his mother, his friends It is disconcerting at first, however the use of different colours Alan's voice in yellow, his mother's in pink, for instance allows to differenciate between them.
Obviously enough, this format follows that of the Imitation Game itself, where a man A has to convince an interrogator that he's not a man, while a woman B has to convince the same interrogator A is lying and she's telling the truth. I say obviously, because I just can't see how such a narrative set of voices would've been chosen at random. The drawing style, unfortunatey, didn't do much for me, and often detracted from what the book was showing, and from some of the ways it went about exploring what may have been Turing's thoughts: I found it to be an interesting representation of what may otherwise have been tedious.
There's some science in there, too, and it can easily become confusing to someone who's not overly familiat with concepts behind Turing's works.
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