Wishful Wednesday (51)

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WW pertama di tahun 2015 ini disponsori oleh film yang baru saya tonton, The Imitation Game, yang kurang lebih merupakan biografi Alan Turing, profesor matematika jenius yang berhasil menciptakan sebuah mesin yang akan membuat Inggris memenangkan perang. Film itu sukses merobek-robek hati saya, sedih, terlebih karena saya sudah membaca sekilas sejarahnya. Dari film itu, saya pun menjadi semakin ingin mengetahui latar belakang Alan Turing dengan lebih detail. Oleh karenanya, WW saya hari ini adalah salah satu biografi Turing yang sekaligus buku yang diadaptasikan menjadi film The Imitation Game:

150731Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Alan Turing (1912-54) was a British mathematician who made history. His breaking of the German U-boat Enigma cipher in World War II ensured Allied-American control of the Atlantic. But Turing’s vision went far beyond the desperate wartime struggle. Already in the 1930s he had defined the concept of the universal machine, which underpins the computer revolution. In 1945 he was a pioneer of electronic computer design. But Turing’s true goal was the scientific understanding of the mind, brought out in the drama and wit of the famous “Turing test” for machine intelligence and in his prophecy for the twenty-first century.

Drawn in to the cockpit of world events and the forefront of technological innovation, Alan Turing was also an innocent and unpretentious gay man trying to live in a society that criminalized him. In 1952 he revealed his homosexuality and was forced to participate in a humiliating treatment program, and was ever after regarded as a security risk. His suicide in 1954 remains one of the many enigmas in an astonishing life story. (source)

Sebagai pelengkap, saya juga penasaran dengan biografi Turing yang ditulis oleh ibunya, meski sepertinya banyak bias di dalamnya:

13326131Alan M. Turing: Centenary Edition by Sara Turing

In a short life he accomplished much, and to the roll of great names in the history of his particular studies added his own.’ So is described one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, yet Alan Turing’s name was not widely recognised until his contribution to the breaking of the German Enigma code became public in the 1970s. The story of Turing’s life fascinates and in the years since his suicide, Turing’s reputation has only grown, as his contributions to logic, mathematics, computing, artificial intelligence and computational biology have become better appreciated. To commemorate the centenary of Turing’s birth, this republication of his mother’s biography is enriched by a new foreword by Martin Davis and a never-before-published memoir by Alan’s older brother. The contrast between this memoir and the original biography reveals tensions and sheds new light on Turing’s relationship with his family, and on the man himself.” (source)

Itulah WW saya hari ini. Kalau kamu?

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  • Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) atau segala hal yang berhubungan dengan kebutuhan bookish kalian, yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku/benda itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
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