Though Alan Turing lived and was scientifically productive almost entirely in the first half of the 20th century, his concepts were far ahead of their time. His great and sweeping contributions to computing all occurred before 1950, yet their most profound and radical impacts are still to come. The full realization of Turing's genius likely awaits concrete embodiment in the computing and robotic artifacts of the 2020s and 2030s. By then, his concepts may finally be recognized as having been among the most powerful ideas in all of human history. They are very worth studying. If you can understand the basics, then you can know the future.
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Alan Mathison Turing (1912-1954)
British mathematician, cryptographer, and one of the key inventors of the modern computer. After his profound contributions to helping win World War II, he was persecuted for his homosexuality by his own government, and driven to suicide. Maintained by Turing biographer Andrew Hodges: extensive resources and links, online versions of several long essays on Turing.
Alan Turing Year
Site for the 2012 Turing Centenary. Comprehensive list of events.
Alan M. Turing
Entry from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy by Andrew Hodges.
Alan Mathison Turing
Undergraduate biographical essay by John M. Kowalik.
Biography from the MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.
Encyclopedia biography from Wikipedia.
Biographical entry in the FOLDOC.
Alan Turing Archive
Archive and historical records pertaining to the work of computing pioneer Alan Turing.
Alan Turing Papers
Collection record of Turings papers at Kings College, Cambridge.
The Church-Turing Thesis
Article from the Stanford Encyclopedia.
On Computable Numbers with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem
Turing's paper which discusses the halting problem in the context of Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem. HTML.
Turing Digital Archive
Digital archive of items relating to Alan Turing hosted at King's College, Cambridge.
What was Alan Turing really like?
The BBC interviews two women who, as children, knew Alan Turning. (June 06, 2014)
Alan Turing: Inquest’s suicide verdict “not supportable”
The BBC reports on new doubt about whether Alan Turning committed suicide. (June 23, 2012)
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