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Old 01-02-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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Exclamation Alan Turing Centenary Celebration

http://www.mathcomp.leeds.ac.uk/turing2012/

Though not explicitly about his sexuality the injustice of his treatment in the context of his contribution can hardly be ignored. This long overdue celebration cannot help but be a far more belated vindication.

As a career mathematician I have experienced glimpses of his brilliance throughout my life. It would be almost impossible to think of someone who has made such a profound and lasting contribution to mathematics in particular and humanity in general yet met such an ignominious end.

I've always know that homophobia was intrinsically wrong but learning the story of Turing's persecution has kept me a staunch and outspoken advocate for gay rights ever since.

There's much more to be seen of Turing on the Internet but I found the above link most in keeping with his nature.
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I totally agree, and thank you for posting about this. It's probably fair to say that without Turing, life today might look considerably different as his thoughts and ideas undoubtedly made possible a lot of the technology we have. Yet, small-minded people persecuted Turing and made his life miserable, to the tragic end.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:34 AM   #3
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As just one part of his glittering intellectual acheivements, Turing was an instrumental part of the team that cracked the Nazi ENIGMA code, which was a huge boon to the Allies in the latter part of WWII.

It's not overstating things, IMO to say that without Turing's work, Britain might have lost.

That he was treated so appallingly post-war is truly shameful.

May his memory be honoured.
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Please sign this petition to posthumously pardon Turing his conviction for "gross indecency" that led to his chemical castration and suicide. (UK residents).

https://submissions.epetitions.direc...etitions/23526
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Please sign this petition to posthumously pardon Turing his conviction for "gross indecency" that led to his chemical castration and suicide. (UK residents).

https://submissions.epetitions.direc...etitions/23526
Can't sign petition if not a Brit or UK resident, dammit! I think WWII allies should get to weigh in here! He helped save a lot of Yank lives too.
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http://www.nature.com/news/turing-at...l-mind-1.10065
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