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The imitation game : Alan Turing decoded

by Ottaviani, Jim,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 7 copies
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Graphic Novels QA29.T8 O88 2016x
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Graphic Novels G-NF 92 TURING Alan
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Northern Tier Regional Library Nonfiction 510.92 OTTAV
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Northland Public Library Graphic Novels B TURING GRAPHIC
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A New York Times Bestseller
Selected as a 2017 ALA/YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens: Nonfiction

Award winning authors Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis present a historically accurate graphic novel biography of English mathematician and scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

English mathematician and scientist Alan Turing (1912-1954) is credited with many of the foundational principles of contemporary computer science. The Imitation Game presents a historically accurate graphic novel biography of Turing's life, including his groundbreaking work on the fundamentals of cryptography and artificial intelligence. His code breaking efforts led to the cracking of the German Enigma during World War II, work that saved countless lives and accelerated the Allied defeat of the Nazis. While Turing's achievements remain relevant decades after his death, the story of his life in post-war Europe continues to fascinate audiences today.

Award-winning duo Jim Ottaviani (the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Feynman and Primates) and artist Leland Purvis (an Eisner and Ignatz Award nominee and occasional reviewer for the Comics Journal) present a factually detailed account of Turing's life and groundbreaking research - as an unconventional genius who was arrested, tried, convicted, and punished for being openly gay, and whose innovative work still fuels the computing and communication systems that define our modern world. Computer science buffs, comics fans, and history aficionados will be captivated by this riveting and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most unsung heroes.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ottaviani is well known for his graphic biography of Richard Feynman (Feynman, 2011), and here he turns his attention to another giant of science: Alan Turing. In a kind of disembodied interview, Turing's words appear in conversation with his friends, colleagues, and family, all of whom appear in muted gray tones suggestive of the afterlife. Interspersed with these remembrances are colorful scenes of Turing's life, from his childhood struggles in school to his groundbreaking research in mathematics and computing to his top-secret work at Bletchley, all culminating in his infamous and recently contested, as noted in Ottaviani's afterword death by cyanide poisoning. Purvis' naturalistic watercolor art makes pleasant work of Ottaviani's script, even in moments where the bulk of the action is talking heads. Most heartbreaking, of course, is the depiction of the lead-up to Turing's indecency trials, during which the hapless obliviousness to consequence that so charmed his colleagues bore terrible fruit in his personal life. This moving, sensitive account artfully balances conveying both the life and the pioneering discoveries of a fascinating, vitally important scientist.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A powerful, sympathetic portrait of one of the 20th century's great minds, this graphic biography of Alan Turing doesn't play the usual game of establishing its hero as the only smart person in the room. Here, the great brain of Bletchley Park was just one of many odd geniuses (albeit possibly the most innovative) who helped crack the Nazis' seemingly unbreakable Enigma code machine. Writer Ottaviani (Feynman) threads the particulars of Turing's life, from school to top-secret wartime cryptography to postwar scandal. But the book's thought-provoking core is Turing's pursuit of his groundbreaking idea of the universal computer and using his imitation game (a method of telling artificial intelligence from the real thing) to plumb the corners of his own personality. Purvis's sometimes-clunky art suggests a more juvenile volume than is actually delivered in this fully three-dimensional portrait of a man whose contributions-to the modern world as well as the war-was only recognized long after his tragic disgrace. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Turing, Alan, -- 1912-1954 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Mathematicians -- Great Britain -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Gay men -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Great Britain -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Artificial intelligence -- History -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Nonfiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :2016
Contributors Purvis, Leland, artist.
Language English
Description 233 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 226-228).
ISBN 9781419718939
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