The psychology of Alan Turing

16 September 2014

Michael Ferguson has written a fascinating book review of two recent biographies on the famous mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing - who recently received a royal pardon following his prosecution for homosexuality in the 1950's. Did Turing kill himself with an apple poisoned with cyanide or was it a disguised assassination by the British Secret Security Services who might have become concerned that Turing was a security risk given his homosexuality? Michael Ferguson discusses these issues and others with psychiatrist Raj Persaud.

More information is available here: Michael Ferguson's book review reference: Journal of Homosexuality Volume 56, Issue 8, 2009. The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer, by David Leavitt and Alan Turing, the Enigma, by Alan Hodges

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