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Jonathan Swinton - Alan Turing's Manchester

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Join us for an evening with Jonathan Swinton as he talks about his new book Alan Turing’s Manchester - a look into the life of the famous codebreaker and computer expert and his time spent at the University of Manchester between 1948 and his death in 1954.

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Manchester is proud of Alan Turing but does it deserve to be? Dr Jonathan Swinton explores the complexity of the city that Alan Turing encountered in 1948. He goes well beyond Turing as a mathematician, to cover wire-women, Wittgenstein and the daisy. This is a richly illustrated account of lives lived - and one life ended tragically early - in a post-war Manchester busy creating the computer. This is a book about the people one might have met in Turing s Manchester. It records the patronage of older men, triumphant from the successful prosecution of a scientific war, who could provide time to think and valves to think with; book-chats with a frustrated but sharply literary housewife and board-game sessions with young academic families; lunchtime speculations with the botanist hungry for a systematic biology and with the chemist refugee from totalitarianism who abhorred systematisation of science; the successful brain surgeon whose pomposity camouflaged unignorable fears; the proud inheritors of a local but world-class engineering tradition, still gruffly defensive about class; the younger men and women learning to become the first generation of hackers and futurists; the grammar schoolboy runner and, albeit on the margins of the historical record, the young working class men of the Oxford Road cruising sites. There are marginal glimpses too of those one might not have met: the Special Branch bag searchers, the MI5 analysts, the GCHQ code-breakers.

About the author:

Jonathan Swinton has a PhD in mathematics and has worked as a mathematical biologist for thirty years, including as a Visiting Professor in the University of Oxford and as a Fellow of King s College, Cambridge. He has published several articles on Alan Turing's work on Fibonacci patterns, and in 2012 conceived the international citizen science project Turing's Sunflowers. He has lived, worked and loved in Manchester since 2002.

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