Everyone knows the story of the codebreaker and computer science pioneer Alan Turing. Except when Dermot Turing is asked about his famous uncle, people want to know more than the bullet points of his life. They want to know everything – was Alan Turing actually a codebreaker? What did he make of artificial intelligence? What is the significance of Alan Turing’s trial, his suicide, the Royal Pardon, the £50 note and the film The Imitation Game?
In Reflections of Alan Turing, Dermot strips off the layers to uncover the real story. It’s time to discover a fresh legacy of Alan Turing for the twenty-first century.
Strips away the encrusted hagiography that has developed around Alan Turing in recent years … a passionate argument for the lessons we should draw from his life and his extraordinary scientific achievements.
Robert Hannigan, Former Director of GCHQ
A timely and important book…[an] exploration of the possibilities of AI and beyond.Sir Adrian Smith FRS, Director and Chief Executive, The Alan Turing Institute
Fascinating and highly readable… My wife Rohini and I feel particularly grateful to have a special link to [Alan Turing] through our house in Coonoor …. where Alan’s mother lived for many years.Nanden Nilekani,Chairman and Co-Founder of Infosys
Essential reading for anyone who thinks they know the history of Alan Turing … a significant reappraisal of his meaning for us today.Dr Tilly Blyth, Head of Collections, Science Museum
Dermot compels us to learn from his uncle’s incredible life and many achievements in our own pursuit of creating a better world for all.Liz Carr, Actress and Comedian