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Alan Turing: Life and legacy: Track 1

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To what extent did Alan Turing influence the evolution of modern computing? The 20th Century mathematician is considered by many to be the father of computer science and many would argue that it is largely due to his research that we are able to read this text on a PC, laptop or smart phone. Aside from his contribution to maths and computing however, Turing’s influence impacted on a variety of fields including cryptanalysis and deciphering Nazi codes which helped to end World War 2. This collection examines Turing’s troubled personal life, the significance of his role at Bletchley Park, his ideas on artificial intelligence and finally examines what his legacy should be.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 35 mins
  • Updated Friday 22nd June 2012
  • Posted under Computing & ICT
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Track 1: Alan Turing: Reflections on his personal life

Professor Timothy Chappell touches upon key moments in Alan Turing's life.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Alan Turing: Reflections on his personal life    Professor Timothy Chappell touches upon key moments in Alan Turing's life. Play now Alan Turing: Reflections on his personal life
2 Alan Turing: The code breaker    Professor Timothy Chappell explains how the World War 2 brought an opportunity perfectly suited to Turing's abilities. Play now Alan Turing: The code breaker
3 Alan Turing: The theory of computation    Senior lecturer Blaine Price interviews Professor Darrel Ince on Alan Turing's legacy from the perspective of a computer scientist. Play now Alan Turing: The theory of computation
4 Alan Turing: the Turing test and artificial intelligence    Senior lecturer Blaine Price discusses the Turing Test and artificial intelligence with author Simon Lavington. Play now Alan Turing: the Turing test and artificial intelligence

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