Yarn Along – Alan Turing and Yet More Hexipuffs

Every Wednesday I participate in “Yarn Along”, a link-up run by Ginny over at Small Things where we share what we are knitting and reading this week. You can click the Yarn Along image at the end of this post to see the whole link-up. You can also find Yarn Along photos on Instagram (#yarnalong) and Flickr.

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Puffs, puffs and more puffs! Once again this week I haven’t had much time for knitting so I’ve been just chipping away at a hexipuff or two. Sometime soon I’ll have to do something more interesting just to be able liven up these posts a little.

When the movie The Imitation Game came out in late 2014 I went to see it immediately. I already knew the basics of Alan Turing’s story and I love everything about WWII in Britain, code-breaking and of course Benedict Cumberbatch. The movie is loosely based on this biography called Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, so I immediately put the book on hold at the library. That was 18 months ago, and the hold just came available last week! Of course I immediately dived in. The book is thick, with small font and is packed with every last detail of Turing’s life. It also delves into some of his work and gives enough of an overview of the mathematics involved to give the reader some understanding of where Turing’s work fit into the rest of the mathematics world at the time. Honestly the author lost me on some of the more detailed math and logic, but so far that hasn’t hampered my understanding of the biography overall. Normally I might find it hard to stay focused on a book like this, but the 2-week library deadline has so far kept me from getting lazy and switching to an easier book. I’m not sure I can recommend this book as casual reading, but it is definitely well-written and a fascinating read. I’m just now getting to the part on Turing’s work cracking the Enigma machine, and by the looks of it that section is only a small portion of the book, so keep that in mind if that is the only part you are interested in.

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3 Responses to Yarn Along – Alan Turing and Yet More Hexipuffs

  1. Laura G. says:

    You might also like “Cryptonomicon” by Neal Stephenson – Alan Turing figures prominently, and while it’s also a big book with small type, Stephenson does an amazing job integrating real events within his fictional universe.

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