Turing Centennial

Alan Turing

Alan Turing via Flickr (Creative Commons) by photoverulam

Listening to a podcast by Teknoteacher today via EDUtalk radio, I learned that 2012 is the 100 year celebration of the birth of Alan Turing: the “father of computer science.” Sadly, I only have a vague awareness of Turing’s story. But I imagine there will be lots of information about his life and contribution to the field over the next 12 months.

I hadn’t intended to include his work in the Pioneers’ Vision section of the course. But it’s not too late to include him. In fact, based on what teknoteacher said in his podcast, I think it’s crucial that we learn more about who Mr. Turing was and what he did.

The only problem is that I don’t have any links and can’t find my bookmark for Ask Jeeves. I’d be grateful if a few CIS0835 students could do a little digging over the rest of the weekend and leave some useful URLs in the comments section of the post (it would probably be worth 3 extra-credit blue points for each of the first three commenters).

Image: Alan Turing by photoverulam through CC licensing

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11 Responses to Turing Centennial

  1. ekhlami says:

    Here is a site dedicated to him, as the mod wrote a book about the man.
    http://www.turing.org.uk/turing/
    This section is the important part, a really easy to read biography. It’s several parts, but can’t be longer than a few pages.
    http://www.turing.org.uk/bio/part1.html
    The scrapbook is also pretty cool, as it shows highlights of his life in sections.
    http://www.turing.org.uk/turing/scrapbook/index.html
    This site is also dedicated to him. It’s pretty fascinating, as it holds letters he wrote, clippings from newspapers he was in, things he published, things he didn’t publish, and so forth.
    http://www.turingarchive.org/
    I can’t section this site to show the highlights, as with the first, because every section is intriguing, and it is very clear which section is which.
    ~Ekhlami

    • lockmantuj says:

      This is awesome, thanks ekhlami. Not only did you provide URLs, but you gave a short and concise summary or each site. Very useful.

      This gets three extra-credit blue points. I’ll prepare a suitable badge image you can put on your blog as soon as I can.

  2. wynncissp12 says:

    Amazing article and biography on Mr.Turing’s life work and ideas. The writting was conducted by a John M. Kowalik along with a list of good bibliography’s that lead to more information on our Mr. Turing. Most interesting part of the article to me was about his deciphering of codes germans used to communicate.
    http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~history/Turing.html

    • lockmantuj says:

      Thanks wynncissp12 – appreciate your diligence to track this down and share your impressions during the weekend. I’m looking forward to reading the article. Looks like another three extra-credit blue points have been earned.

  3. wynncissp12 says:

    Here is also a cite that has videos and biography on Mr. Turing. This is for those who dont enjoy to read to much and love watching a video to put a life in perspective. It is a list of many

    http://www.google.com/#q=alan+turing&start=10&hl=en&sa=N&prmd=imvnso&source=univ&tbm=vid&tbo=u&ei=KHAST77nCqeaiAel7s1D&ved=0CG4QqwQ4Cg&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&fp=58507f5c2c8407f3&biw=1024&bih=638

  4. Here is a concise biography done by the BBC, I was personally pretty shocked by what he went through due to his homosexuality: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/alan_turing

    And here is a very interesting entry from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, in which (obviously) he is looked at as a philosopher: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/turing/

    • lockmantuj says:

      Good finds johanlackbeard! From what I’m learning, it does appear that he wasn’t done well the society to which he’d made such enormous contributions.

      You are the third and final recipient of the three precious extra-credit blue points. Well done, and thank you.

    • thanks for the youtube link, the BBC videos were not working.

      • lockmantuj says:

        I noticed this too. It looks like BBC has to restrict the regions in which their videos can be played. I’ve heard there is a way around through using some sort of proxy technology but I don’t know how to do it. Maybe someone can enlighten us as to how to view region restricted content.

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