Alan Turing’s notebook sells for $ 1 million in a New York auction

A long lost scientific notebook compiled by British mathematician and World War Two code breaker Alan Turing, sold for a whopping $1m in New York. These hand written notes, dating from 1942 when he worked at Bletchley Park were entrusted to mathematician Robin Gandy after Turing’s death.

alan-turingThis was the first time a handwritten document by Turing has ever been sold in an auction. These manuscripts were responsible in helping to crack the Enigma code of the Germans. Turing was a computer scientist, philosopher and cryptologist who played a crucial role in cracking the elusive Enigma Code of the Germans. This discovery helped to shorten the war by two years.

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This notebook features 56 pages of Turing’s notes on the foundations of mathematical notations and computer science.

His life has been depicted in the award winning movie, “The Imitation Game”.

[Via – ABC]