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The Alan Turing Year Leaves a Rich Legacy

Turing: A Staged Case History

A performance of "Turing: A Staged Case History" in Milan.

Credit: Diego Ronzio

The 2012 Alan Turing Year celebrating the life and work of the man many call the founding father of computer science was a triumph. Around the world, it brought together academics developing Turing's uncompleted work, inspired school students with early visions of computing, and reached out to the wider public with a vast array of events that brought the character and achievements of the quiet genius to life.

The year highlighted not only Turing's practical success, particularly his part in cracking German Enigma codes at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, but also brought into focus some of the concepts he conceived across disciplines, including mathematics, computing, computer science, informatics, morphogenesis, and philosophy.


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