It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades—all before his suicide at age forty-one.
Join mathematician and author Andrew Hodges as he tells some of the stories that made Alan Turing’s life and achievements so special: how Turing's revolutionary idea of 1936—the concept of a universal machine—laid the foundation for the modern computer; how he played a leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II; and how, despite his wartime service, he was arrested, stripped of his security clearance and forced to undergo humiliating treatment.
Andrew Hodges is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, and a visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Since the 1970s, Hodges has worked with Roger Penrose on developing Penrose’s description of fundamental physics in terms of ‘twistor’ geometry. He is the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma (1983), the story of the British computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing. His book, Alan Turing: The Enigma has been the basis for a number of artistic works and is the inspiration for the film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, to be released in Fall 2014.
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Stories About Alan Turing
Date: Fri, Dec 5, 2014, 12 pm
Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
Price: from $29.00
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