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Did Alan Turing know the German language?

By the time he was at university, Alan Turing had sufficient facility at reading German (in gothic type no less) that he was reading advanced texts on Quantum Mechanics. In chapter 4 of the biography &...
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Did Alan Turing know the German language?

Alan Turing's report cards from Sherborne School indicate that he studied German in 1930 and 1931, but his teacher Geoffrey John Bromehead Watkins noted in 1931 that He does not seem to have any ...
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Did Turing know of Babbage's work?

See: Alan Turing, Collected works: Mathematical Logic (R.O. Gandy & C.E.M. Yates editors, 2001). [page 10, regarding Turing's paper On computable numbers... (1937)] It should be remarked that ...
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Did Alan Turing know the German language?

This is not really evidence, but according to https://www.ams.org/notices/200910/rtx091001236p.pdf according to Hodges, [Andrew] Gleason took Alan [Turing] to a crowded restaurant on 18th Street. ...
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Did Turing invent the imitation game? Did he name it?

After quite a bit of searching, I was unable to find any conclusive authoritative source that weighs in specifically on this question. [Though see EDIT below.] However, circumstantial evidence ...
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Was there an intentional purge of all audio recordings of Alan Turing?

There is no evidence for an intentional purge of all audio recordings of Alan Turing. The BBC recordings seem to be the only ones ever made by Turing, so there wasn't really anything to "purge&...
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Did Turing invent the imitation game? Did he name it?

In addition to the references cited in the answer provided by Athansius, I include the following quote from Erik Larson's, The Myth of Artificial Intelligence, which appears to offer additional ...
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