Alan Turing is famous for his role in helping the Allies break the code of the German's Enigma machine during World War II. This GN provides a biography for Turing, including scenes from his childhood and education as well as a detailed focus of his time at Bletchley Park during the war and his subsequent work in computer science. Some readers may be familiar with a movie by the same title, and the GN provides a richer account of this complicated person's life.

Why should I read this book?

While the multiple, intertwined narratives may be confusing for some, this is a rich introduction to logic and algorithms that has made the story of Turing popular around the world.

Who is this book best for?

Juniors in high school that may want to consider careers in computer science, cryptography, programming, and related fields; key concepts (such as the Halting Problem) are introduced that would be later addressed at an advanced undergraduate or graduate level.

Challenge Rating: Potential Challenge

Alan's homosexuality is addressed a points throughout the book. His conviction in England and subsequent hormonal treatments ultimately lead to his death (whether it was a suicide or an accident).

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Note: this graphic novel is also available in Spanish as “Descifrando Enigma”, “Alan Turing: un genio de su tiempo” in Italian, and “Alan Turing” in Korean (co-authored with Kim Rim).