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BBC Radio 4 “In Our Time”: Alan Turing


Melvyn Bragg and guests focus on the guidelines and lifelong of the founder of laptop science – whose work helped crack enemy codes in WW2 – and his exploration of synthetic intelligence.

Melvyn Bragg and guests focus on Alan Turing (1912-1954) whose 1936 paper On Computable Numbers successfully based laptop science. Straight recognised by his peers, his wider recognition has grown as our reliance on laptop methods has grown. He modified into a main resolve at Bletchley Park within the Second World Warfare, the utilize of his tips for cracking enemy codes, work talked about to dangle shortened the battle by two years and saved millions of lives. That foremost work modified into restful secret when Turing modified into convicted in 1952 for having a sexual relationship with but some other man for which he modified into given oestrogen for a year, or chemically castrated. Turing modified into to ruin himself two years later. The immensity of his contribution to computing modified into recognised within the 1960s by the introduction of the Turing Award, identified because the Nobel of laptop science, and he’s to be the fresh face on the £50 demonstrate.


Leslie Ann Goldberg

Professor of Laptop Science and Fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford

Simon Schaffer

Professor of the History of Science at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Darwin College


Andrew Hodges

Biographer of Turing and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford

Producer: Simon Tillotson

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