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A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Authors: Levin, Janna
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC014000, FIC019000, FIC041000
ISBN: 9780307538031, Related ISBNs: 0307538036, 1400032407, 1400040302, 9780307538031, 9781400032402
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 240,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis:

Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems sent shivers through Vienna’s intellectual circles and directly challenged Ludwig Wittgenstein’s dominant philosophy. Alan Turing’s mathematical genius helped him break the Nazi Enigma Code during WWII. Though they never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another—both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends. Here, a mysterious narrator intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era.

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