Enigmatic Patterns: The Life and Death of Alan Turing


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A graphic novel about Alan Turing, famous for the Turing Test, among other things.


  • $6,900

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Alan Turing was a pioneer in computer science. His Universal Turing Machine is the precursor to the CPUs in our computer devices today, and the Turing Test is well known in Artificial Intelligence circles.

Alan Turing lived quite a life. In the words of artist Elizabeth:

He would go on to design the Automatic Computing Engine, the fastest computer of its time, using one of the earliest programming languages. Turing even wrote the world’s first chess program.

He was also an openly gay man at a time when England considered being gay a crime.

And he was convicted for it. In 1952, Turing was given the choice between a prison sentence and chemical castration. He agreed to undergo experimental hormone treatments, with traumatic physical and mental effects.

The British government decided he now proved a security risk and revoked his clearance, keeping him under constant surveillance. Two years after his conviction, Alan Turing took his own life.

At the age of 41, Alan Turing was found in his bed holding a poisoned apple. The world lost one of its greatest minds, but his legacy lives on in every computer we use — the theories behind the personal electronics we take for granted first envisioned by a shy, imaginative man with a wry sense of humor who used to practice his scientific lectures in front of his teddy bear.

The perks start with digital downloads of the graphic novel, softcover versions, t-shirts, and ranging all the way to custom artwork and paintings.

Favorite perk ($100)

• BOTH the Super soft silkscreen Turing Machine T-shirt and the cozy handmade 12×12 silkscreen pillow • Super soft silkscreen Turing Machine T-shirt • Exclusive signed silkscreen poster • Three button combo pack • Stickers • 96 page softcover graphic novel • DRM-free digital download

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