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Turing's Sunflower

Updated Friday, 21st February 2014

Growing 3,000 sunflowers to celebrate Alan Turing's centenary.

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Turing's Sunflowers logo Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Turing's Sunflowers Turing's Sunflowers was a citizen science project, in which "thousands of sunflowers [were] planted in honour of the mathematician Alan Turing [...] A hundred years after Turing was born families, schools, community groups and businesses [were] encouraged to plant over 3000 sunflowers to celebrate his work and help solve a mathematical riddle that he worked on before his death in 1954".

It was initiated by researchers, scientists & educators and artists & cultural organisations, and encouraged people to participate through an online platform and research & learning. Turing's Sunflowers was regional in orientation and concerned with research, knowledge production & information access.

It was launched in March 2012 and ended in November 2012. Over 12,000 people pledged to grow a sunflower.

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