The day before, at the Bonhams auction in New York, the manuscript of Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician, logician and cryptographer, who played an important role in the development of computer science, went under the hammer. It is claimed to be the only surviving Turing manuscript.
A unique 56-page notebook went under the hammer for $ 1.025 million. In it, Alan Turing made notes on mathematical theory and logic during the Second World War. According to experts, the records are dated no earlier than 1942, when he was engaged in breaking into the famous German encryption machine Enigma, providing his allies with vital information, which helped to reduce the war.
“This is a remarkable result that demonstrates the importance of Alan Turing's legacy. We are very pleased that all the people who know the value of this unique lot were involved in the auction and indeed the general public recognized the importance of Turing in history, ”says Cassandra Hutton, manuscript specialist at UK auction house Bonhams.
We add that part of the proceeds from the sale of the Turing manuscript will go to charity.