Codebreaker: The Story of Alan Turing
Catalogue Number: PR2275
Producer: Passion River Films
Subject: Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Drama, Guidance, History, Physics, Psychology, Science, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Sociology, World History
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2014
Running Time: 81:00
Closed Captions: Yes
Codebreaker tells the remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped turn the tide of the Second World War. Instead of receiving accolades, Turing faced terrible persecution. In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide. He was only 41 years old. Documentary elements seamlessly interconnect with drama scenes in Codebreaker to offer a three dimensional picture of Turing, his accomplishments, his tragic end, and his lasting legacy.
Featuring interviews with:
- Professor David Leavitt, Alan Turing's biographer
- Dr. Alma Whitten, Google
- Rolf Noskwith, codebreaker and colleague of Turing at Bletchley Park
- Tony Sale, National Museum of Computing
- Professor Martin Davis, author "Engines of Logic"
- Matt Parker, The Guardian, Mathematics Dept., University of London
- Maria Summerscale & Barbara Maher, daughters of Dr. Franz Greenbaum, Turing's psychiatrist
- Professor Ian Stewart, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Warwick
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