Notebook belonging to Alan Turing goes on Sale

Notebook belonging to Alan Turing goes on Sale

On Monday, a handwritten notebook by Alan Turing, computer scientist responsible for breaking the German Enigma Code, goes on sale at Bonhams New York. According to reports, the notebook has been put on sale with a value of at least $1 million.

Turing had written the 56-web page manuscript at a time when the British pioneering computer scientist was working to breaking Enigma codes that were employed by Germans all through the World War II. As per Bonhams, which is a privately owned British auction house, the notebook has Turing's complicated mathematical and pc science notations. Bonhams, which has been supplying the manuscript for sale, also stated that the manuscript is the only existed document related to Turing.

The film 'The Imitation Game' has portrayed how Turing and a team of cryptanalysts broke the code. In the film, which was release last year, English actor Benedict Cumberbatch played the character of Turing.

According to reports, the notebook which was written by Turing dates from 1942. In one particular entry, Turing writes about a complex calculus notation. "The Leibniz notation I uncover very tricky to recognize in spite of it getting been the 1 I understood the finest when! It certainly implies that some relation in between x and y has been laid down eg, y=x2+3x".

The auction by Bonhams also includes a functioning German Enigma enciphering machine. As per the reports, the three-rotor machine was manufactured in 1944 for the German military. The machine is estimated to sell for about $140,000 to $180,000.

Turing was a pioneering computer scientist and mathematician. He was prosecuted for becoming gay at a time when it was illegal in Britain. In 1952, he was convicted of indecency. He also agreed to undergo hormone treatment as an alternative to imprisonment.