Alan Turing by Jim Eldridge

By Jim Eldridge

Alan Turing used to be some of the most influential thinkers of the 20 th century. He created one of many first designs for a stored-program machine and is greatly thought of to be the daddy of machine technology and synthetic intelligence.

During global struggle II, Turing labored for the govt. Code and Cypher tuition at Bletchley Park, Britain's codebreaking centre, the place he was once accountable for breaking German naval codes, together with the supposedly unbreakable Enigma code, and supporting the Atlantic convoys steer clear of German U-boat assaults. This paintings most likely shortened international conflict II via as much as 4 years, saving hundreds of thousands of lives.

This is the tale of the superb existence and paintings of a British hero and one of many maximum thinkers of the twentieth century.

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When it came to solving mathematical problems, he did not understand why his teachers could not see that he did not need to work out the answer by a long and tedious method, when the correct answer simply leapt out at him. Already, Alan’s different way of thinking, a kind of ‘lateral’ way of working out problems, was showing itself. Some teachers at the school did see Alan’s potential, particularly the chemistry teacher. Chemistry was one of Alan’s favourite subjects, and he spent many hours conducting chemistry experiments.

The plan was for Alan and John to live with their parents in Brittany during school holidays, and return to England during term time to go to school, where they would be boarders (living at the school). In 1926, Alan sat the entrance exam for a place at Sherborne School. Admission to this prestigious public school was highly competitive. Alan passed the exam and won a place. In September 1926, Alan, then aged 14, caught the boat from Brittany to Southampton in England, travelling on his own. When he arrived in Southampton there was a General Strike in Britain, which meant there were no trains, no buses, no public transport of any kind.

The War in Europe was over. In June 1945, Alan was awarded the OBE (the Order of the British Empire) for his services to code-breaking and code-creation during the War. It was generally accepted that his work in cracking the Germans’ Enigma code, in particular, had brought about the defeat of Germany much sooner than otherwise would have been the case. Because of the clandestine nature of his work, the OBE was awarded to Alan in secret, and neither he nor the others at Bletchley Park or Hanslope Park were allowed to say anything about the work they had carried out during the war.

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