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A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines (edition 2007)

by Janna Levin

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Title:A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines
Authors:Janna Levin
Info:Anchor (2007), Paperback, 240 pages
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A short introduction to the lives and thoughts of Kurt Godel and Alan Turing told in a novelistic style. Worth a read for those unfamiliar with these giants of 20th century thought, but the book is light on details and the prose weak. It seems to me that Levin tries a bit too hard with her imagery. ( )
  ghefferon | Dec 15, 2012 |
A rather lovely tribute to two fascinating, brilliant, odd, and sad men. I was familiar with the intellectual work of both Gödel and Turing, but didn't know much about their lives (and deaths).

The most interesting aspect of the novel was the way Levin showed the parallels and intersections of the lives of two men who were aware of each other but never met.

One wonders how their respective work would have been different had each of them had different personalities and lives. And what an actual meeting between them would have been like. ( )
  LucindaLibri | Oct 13, 2012 |
A sort of quasi-biography that details the simultaneous lives of two great thinkers (but very strange guys), Alan Turing and Kurt Godol. Social misfits, for sure, but still pretty fascinating characters whose ideas still guide us today. ( )
  mojomomma | Sep 24, 2012 |
A novel? I didn't get it. ( )
  podocyte | Apr 16, 2012 |
Een leuk boekje over twee belangrijke denkers/wetenschappers, respecterivelijk Turing en Gödel, die met hun eigen demonen worstelden. Als wetenschappers behoorden ze tot de top in hun veld, maar op menselijk vlak verliep alles behalve vlekkeloos.
De beschrijving van de wetenschappelijke ideeën is te summier en de nadruk ligt vooral op het psychologische vlak. De paranoïde Gôdel en de homoseksuele Turing die het beiden zeer moeilijk hadden met sociale interactie.
Voor wie een beetje zicht wil krijgen in de leefwereld van Turing en Gôdel is het boekje een aanrader. ( )
  uhibb-l-kutub | Oct 4, 2011 |
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'A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines' is a fiction debut from a young female physicist obsessed with two giants of 20th century science: Kurt Godel, the great logician of the age, and Alan Turing, the breaker of the Enigma code.

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