Turing and the Universal Machine (Icon Science) : The Making of the Modern Computer, Paperback Book

Turing and the Universal Machine (Icon Science) : The Making of the Modern Computer Paperback

Part of the Icon Science series

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The history of the computer is entwined with that of the modern world and most famously with the life of one man, Alan Turing.

How did this device, which first appeared a mere 50 years ago, come to structure and dominate our lives so totally?

An enlightening mini-biography of a brilliant but troubled man.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
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  • Category: Popular science
  • ISBN: 9781840462500

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Readable, brief, interesting but not mindblowing.

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A surprisingly fast read. It took an evening, and while a slight book, it didn't seem that slight when I picked it up. As a history of early computers it is interesting enough, as is its description of Turing and some other (for me) rather obscure topics (mathematics and multiple infinities, some of which are larger than others anyone?)...don't let the latter put you off, it is clearly explained (and also safely jumpable if you desire). I thought it was most notable for its suggestion that rather than computers enabling the modern world (with large bureaucracies both in states and companies), it is more a reflection of the increasingly statist and corporate society of the early twentieth century.An interesting little book.