This is a remarkable fiction debut from a young female physicist obsessed with two giants of twentieth century science: Kurt Godel, the greatest logician of the age, and Alan Turing, the breaker of the Enigma code. Janna Levin tells their parallel lives in a haunting story of tortured genius, persecution and death. Godel became delusional and paranoid to the point he starved himself to death. Turing, despite his brilliant war work, was hounded to destruction because he was homosexual. Both men devoted their lives to the highest truths of abstract nature, yet were unable to grapple with the everyday world. A MADMAN DREAMS OF TURING MACHINES is a haunting, elegaic story that flows back and forth between Turing, Godel and the author.
Janna Levin is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She lives in New York and is the winner of the 2007 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship for writers and with A MADMAN DREAMS OF TURING MACHINES was a winner of the Mary Shelley Award for Outstanding Fictional Work and a runner-up for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Find out more at www.jannalevin.com