The Small Back Room

The Small Back Room

Book - 1943
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Publisher: London : Collins, 1943
Branch Call Number: FIC BALCHIN
Characteristics: 192 p. ; 20 cm

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Steve11
Sep 01, 2015

This is a wonderful book that Alan Turing, the father of the computer, particularly liked. The main character seems to be at odds with the administration of his scientific and engineering work during World War II. The admin gets an idea in its head(s), our protagonist knows it is a wrong idea, an idea that won't work, and he won't give the project the green light that admin wants. If he has an idea in someone else's area of expertise, he has trouble passing it on; he must, admin tells him, go up and down the ladder to communicate with this other area.

Turing liked this book because he ran into similar problems all the time working with an administration that didn't understand the scientific and engineering things he was talking about.

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