Summer Reading List – Alan Turing: The Enigma

Alan Turing: The Enigma

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

Alan Turing: The Enigma

How one man’s interest in abstract mathematics combined with his experience breaking encryption during World War II brought us from calculators–machines designed to solve only a particular problem–to computers–machines designed to be programmed to solve many problems. It’s agonizing to consider how many more “firsts” Turing might have given the world if its prejudices hadn’t robbed us of him.

TERRY JOHNSON Associate Teaching Professor, Vice Chair for Undergraduate Programs, Bioengineering

Post contributed by:
Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs
Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library