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Ask the Author of Alan Turing: The Enigma Anything

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The new film The Imitation Game hits theaters this weekend. But before you see Benedict Cumberbatch's brilliant portrayal of Alan Turing on the big screen, you should definitely check out the book that the film is based on, Alan Turing: The Enigma. Today we have author Andrew Hodges joining us for a live webchat from 12:30-1:30pm Eastern time.

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Alan Turing changed the world by cracking Nazi codes and helping the Allies win World War II. He was undoubtedly a key figure in the early history of computing. Yet Turing was thanked for his contributions by being chemically castrated by the British government. His crime? He was gay. Turing would later kill himself by eating an apple laced with cyanide.

Feel free to ask author Andrew Hodges anything you like about Turing and his work. Hodges is not only a writer and expert on Alan Turing, but also a mathematician and gay rights activist. Leave your questions in the comments below.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

Hello Andrew, and thanks for being here today!! I'd love to know what first got you interested in Turing and his story. I'd also be curious to hear about the research process for the book and where it led you. Thanks!