Alan Turing, British mathematician (1912-1954), altered the course of the 20th C. His 1936 paper laid the foundation of computer science, providing the first formal concept of a computer algorithm. In WWII he designed the machines that cracked German military codes. In the late 1940's he turned his attention to artificial intelligence and proposed a challenge, now called the Turing test, still important today. His contribution to mathematical biology was no less profound.
Alan Turing: The codebreaker who saved 'millions of lives'
Alan Turing : The codebreaker who saved 'millions of lives' / Jack Copeland @bbcnews | Alan Turing - the Bletchley Park codebreaker - would have been 100 years old on 23 June had he lived to the present day. To mark the occasion the BBC commissioned a week-long series of articles to explore his many achievements. This second essay examines the impact the British mathematician had on the outcome of World War II | #alanturingyear
Alan Turing and his machines - fresh insights into the enigma
Front of a ‘bombe’ code-breaking machine at Bletchley Park, 1943. The electromagnetic machines were used to determine the plugboard settings of German Engima machines. This involved multiple ‘bombes', piles of perforated papers and production lines of analysts to interpret the results.
Joan Clarke, the cryptanalyst war-heroine, and the women of Bletchley Park (you never heard of)
Joan Clarke Murray codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War II, became deputy head of Hut 8 in 1944. Code breaking was almost exclusively done by men during the war. Clarke was paid less than the men and felt that she was prevented from progressing further because of her gender. She was a English cryptanalyst and numismatist ~
14 Mar 40: The first "bombe" decipher machine becomes operational at Bletchley Park in England. It not only plays an important role in the outcome of World War II, but will lead directly to today's modern computing. #WWII #History