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Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded
Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded | Jim Ottaviani
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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. "
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Texreader
The Imitation Game | Jim Ottaviani
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I went to the coolest museum today: 500 pieces from the personal collection of the inventor of the smartphone camera—an enigma machine, Edison‘s first lightbulb experiments, Edison‘s electric car battery, and Samuel Morse‘s first telegraph equipment. A museum is being built to house his collection of 10,000 items. They haven‘t even started cataloging them yet. I want that job!!

GingerAntics That job would be AWESOME!!! 3mo
Sharpeipup Where is this place? 3mo
Texreader @GingerAntics They aren‘t looking but I‘m trying to figure out how to get them to create such a job and hire me! 🤔 And I‘m sure I‘d have to figure out the cut in pay. I‘m sure it‘d be worth it. 😁 3mo
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Texreader @Sharpeipup San Antonio. It‘s a very hidden gem here no one knows about. 3mo
GingerAntics Fingers crossed!!! 🤞🏻 3mo
Texreader @GingerAntics If you‘re ever in my neck of the woods, I‘ll have to take you there. It is so cool!! 3mo
GingerAntics That would be awesome. We‘ve really only seen the river walk area of San Antonio (plus a Joe‘s Crab Shack that wasn‘t on the river walk and an emergency room). 3mo
Texreader @GingerAntics There‘s a story there! We will have to plan a day of it. 3mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 There sure is, and it even includes a weird guy who thought my mother and I were lovers. A good time was had by all!!! 3mo
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jenniferw88
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Have spent the day walking round Bletchley Park - the codebreakers must have thought #whereismymind after tough shifts here. #maymoviemagic @Cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Tanisha_A Oh I watched the 1st part of the mini-series. Good one! 4mo
Tanisha_A The Bletchley Circle! 4mo
AlaMich I would LOVE to go there!! 4mo
rohit-sawant 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4mo
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aroc
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After watching the movie, finding this at the library and bringing it home was a no brainer. However, this book was a bit all over the place.

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
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Lindy
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What I loved about this comics biography is getting to know more about Turing's youth. The full colour art by Leland Purvis is great also. Sometimes it's hard to tell which interview subject is speaking in the inset text boxes, and all of Turing's mathematical explanations went over my head, but this is a worthwhile read about a tragic genius. #LGBTQ

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I did not know they had made a graphic novel of this.... I need to check it out! 2y
Lindy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes, it's well done. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Lindy Excellent! The book is still on my to-read list after I saw the movie which was also very well done. 2y
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Lindy
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As a boy, Alan Turing asked his mother why writing on a page has to go from left to right. "The other way would work too, wouldn't it?" I love his idea of having the letters flow back and forth in alternating directions. I don't think it would take long for our brains to adjust to reading the alphabet in either direction.

RachelO In SPQR, Mary Beard mentioned that some ancient inscriptions were written like that - ox-plough writing. V cool! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boustrophedon 2y
Lindy @RachelO Thanks for mentioning that. I read SPQR in January and had totally forgotten about ox-plough writing. 2y
ValerieAndBooks It does make sense but would probably be a typesetter's nightmare! 2y
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Lindy @ValerieAndBooks The old fashioned typesetting would need 2 for each capital and 2 for each small letter, one in each direction. But digital print formatting would be easy, I think. 2y
ValerieAndBooks Good point. Turig was ahead of his time. But I doubt it'd ever happen-- in the US anyway -- can't even fully convert to the metric system 🙄! 2y
Lindy @ValerieAndBooks I can't see it happening anywhere, but who knows what the future will bring. 2y
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Steph_EE
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tcheer4life
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Graphic depiction of Alan Turing's life. Interesting rendition.

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Dogearedcopy
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Jim Ottiaviani's latest graphic novel is a challenging read about a truly enigmatic (Ha!) man, Alan Turing. Though targeted at a YA audience, there are complex ideas put into play here - not only mathematical, but philosophical and social as well. Requires multiple readings, I would think; but well worth the time invested. Colored ink panels, soft color palette, attention to detail. Highly recommended for STEM-types (you know who you are!) 😉

ReadingOver50 I watched this movie recently. It was amazing. 3y
bermudaonion I loved the movie. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Loved the movie too. I'm pretty fascinated by Turing. 3y
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Bookboss
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I met Jim Ottaviani at Booktopia Petoskey, and I loved his book, Feynman. This biography of Alan Turing looks gorgeous.

Dogearedcopy I was at BooktopiaMI too! I loved 'Primates' and grabbed this one up as soon as it was published - ostensibly for my daughter; but you probably know how that goes! 😉 3y
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