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Enigmatic Patterns: The Life and Death of Alan Turing

Alan Turing is not one of the more well known figures of the 20th century despite his quite notable achievements. What other person both contributed to Allied victory in World War II by breaking the Nazi Germany’s Enigma Code and to laying the groundwork to modern day computers that are used in so many ways that are used by and affect us every day. Without a doubt the world is a better place because of Turing, but his contemporaries thought much less of him solely because he was an out gay man in a time when homosexuality was illegal in England. Turing’s life ended because of stigma and injustices heaped upon him and we can only speculate on Turing’s impact on technology and society had he lived a longer life. Seeing a graphic novel devoted to Turing’s relevancy to society as a whole and LGBT history is immensely gratifying.

March 7, 2015
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