REVIEW OF THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH The chapters of the book The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries) the author David Leavitt presents the chapters in a methodical manner. He arranges the chapters in accordance to the narrative along with the loneliness of a genius. The chapters are The Man in the White Suit, Watching the Daisies Grow, The Universal Machine, God is Slick, The Tender Peel, The Electronic Athlete, The Imagination Game and Pryce’s Buoy. Here he methodically develops the psyche and achievements of Alan Turing chapter by chapter and then shows the mental ramification through course of time that ends in suicide by the protagonist.
In his book The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries) the author David Leavitt presents his view on mathematics where he discusses the inability of the subject mathematics to penetrate the popular culture. He presents his idea through the life of Alan Turing, the famous mathematician and self-proclaimed homosexual, who decoded the ‘enigma’ machine during the WWII. The writer argues that where other subjects like literature and law can be discussed with common nonprofessional mathematics on the other hand seems to be subjected for only few that according to the author may be represented as bliss of sixth sense.
It is painful for the mathematicians to feel all lonely and is not able to discuss matters of their subject with the commoners as that would not be understandable by anyone. This is a sense of isolation and though however beautiful that the world of mathematics the writer considers this isolation to be difficult to handle. Nevertheless, he is optimistic that with the development of the human intelligence, ultimately all would master the art of mathematics and though he himself refers it as an utopian thought he cannot stop thinking that mathematics should be perceptible by all or at least all should try for that. The entire idea is developed in form of a biography of Alan Turing. The author even remarks, "Alen Turing bridged the gap between the delightfully useless and (for most people) remote landscape of pure mathematics and factory world of industry in which the ability of a machine to multiply together giant numbers." (Leavitt, 7)
The main events in this book are fundamentally divided into three parts. The first part is the decoding of the ‘enigma’ machine. The second part is the inquisition of the protagonist for the reason of being a homosexual and the third part is the commitment of suicide because of the events. However, the fundamental event in the book is the development of a beautiful mind however. it is spread all over the initial stages of the text.
Nevertheless, no matter what the author advocates it is obvious that any pure subject is as inaccessible to general people as mathematics because at a higher level no subject can be discussed with a person who is no acquainted with it. It is true for literature, painting and even music because every subject has turned in a specialized domain. Literature and music are considered as common entertainment forms but is it a common sight that common people are discussion about G sharp or C minor or Rossini Or for that sub- alter postmodernism Then yes- the degree of penetration varies considerably and mathematics comes last in this perception.
Works Cited:
Leavitt, David. The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer (Great Discoveries). W. W. Norton (December 12, 2005)