Codebreaker

Codebreaker

DVD - 2012
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The remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped turn the tide of the Second World War. Instead of receiving accolades, he faced terrible persecution. In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide. He was only 41 years old.
Publisher: [London] : Channel Four Television Corporation , ©2012
Branch Call Number: DVD510.92 TUR 2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 81 minutes)
Alternative Title: Code breaker

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maipenrai
Dec 22, 2016

Sad story of a man who may have been the single most important person in winning WWII through the solving of Nazi Germany's enigma code. Four paws up from Abby Tabby and Kristi

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ba_library
Dec 14, 2016

I borrowed The Imitation Game recently, it was okay - a bit Hollywood. This is a documentary about Alan Turing. The man who broke the Enigma code during WWII with the British government. He was a genius mathematician who also created early versions of the computer. This documentary is more down to earth and realistic. They interview people who knew him personally, including his nephew, the woman he was engaged to marry, code breakers from Bletchley Park and the daughters of the psychologist he saw. It also describes homosexuality in the era of the 1950s (a crime in England) and explain his choice to go through "therapy" rather than go to prison. The therapy was a form of chemical castration which not only affected his body but his mind as well. He ultimately committed suicide, but the docudrama explains some of his computer/math theories. From how machines can use 1 and 0 to figure out a problem. He pondered other ideas as well, such as, why does nature create animals with spots or stripes - he developed a math theory for this. This docudrama was more interesting than the Hollywood version (for me) because it provided some insight into his mind. Makes you wonder, what he could have come up with in the modern age with his analytical, innovative mind. Some swearing by the actor during psychoanalysis, but I'm sure kids (old and young) interested in computers would find it fascinating.

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Mikogee
Jul 01, 2016

Strange that the West recruited and protected Nazi scientists because it wanted their technical knowledge, but persecuted a man whose technical knowledge helped it to defeat the Nazis. It's as if they are saying that homosexuality is a worse crime than the Holocaust.

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DesLi
May 15, 2016

If you want to learn about the father of computer (Alan Turing), the movie "The Imitation Game" is both entertaining and informative. However, if you want to learn deeper about the life of Turing, this documentary is highly recommended, especially that how Turing's mother country (Britain) maltreated Turing - after Turing's major contribution to decode the German's Enigma coding machine. Politics & ignorant cultures are horrible! The British court ordered to chemical castrated Turing. Turing suicided at 41-years old. Think what would happen to the human technology - if Turing did not kill himself that young! (Note: In 2013, the Queen's announcement of a posthumous pardon, under a Royal Prerogative of Mercy, to Alan Turing follows a long campaign and a petition signed by more than 37,000 people. )

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akirakato
Mar 08, 2016

This is a docu-drama about Alan Turing, originally produced for television in 2011.
The film was made based on his writings and historical records as well as accounts of people who knew him.
This docu-drama is much better than the movie: "The Imitation Game" in the sense that you can understand what he was acctually thinking.
In September 2009 the British Government apologized for the way Alan Turing was treated, sayng: "We're sorry. You desrved so much better."
I think so, too.

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HarveyRiches
Apr 24, 2015

Great story. Very sad that no one acknowleged him.

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Apr 24, 2015

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iltabhai
Jan 01, 2016

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