The story of the mathematical genius and father of computing whose codebreaking changed the course of the Second World War.
Jim Eldridge was born in the Kings Cross/Euston area of north London in November 1944. He left school at 16 and did a variety of jobs, before training as a teacher. He taught during the 1970s in disadvantaged areas of Luton, while at the same time writing. He became a full-time writer in 1978. He lives with his wife in Cumbria; and is an associate lecturer at the University of Cumbria.
Interesting and effective biography of the famous
mathematician...accessible but with an occasionally challenging
vocabulary, it will appeal to a wide range of kids. It might be
short but this book is very well-written...and I can imagine will
be very useful for use by teachers in cross-curricular activities.
This book - and all the others in the Real Lives series - comes
recommended by us. -- Jill Murphy * The Bookbag *
I very much like this series. It gives just enough information to satisfy the young reader. The narrative form makes history accessible and the range of people covered is interesting as well as relevant to KS3 history. Alan Turing - a remarkable man and excellent to see him the subject of a biography for children. -- Sarah Brew * www.parentsintouch.co.uk *
...written with admirable, accessible clarity of expression, and a genuine sense of striving to understand the various factors that influenced the young Turing's development into the scientist who cracked Enigma. * Jim Eldridge *