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A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines
by Janna Levin
Join MoMath to discuss astrophysicist Janna Levin’s A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, a novel that bridges fiction and nonfiction to bring together Kurt Gödel, the logician whose Incompleteness Theorems challenged mainstream philosophy, and Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the Nazi Enigma Code. Taken together, Gödel’s and Turing’s work proved that truth is elusive, that knowledge has limits, and that machines could think. Though the two never met, their lives strangely mirrored one another — both were brilliant, and both met with tragic ends. In this story of coded secrets, psychotic delusions, mathematical truth, and lies, Levin intertwines these parallel lives into a double helix of genius and anguish, wonderfully capturing not only two radiant, fragile minds but also the zeitgeist of the era.
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11 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
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