A fitting tribute to Alan Turing

Nature has just published a fantastic Alan Turing special issue commemorating 100 years since the birth of the artificial intelligence pioneer, code-breaker and mathematician.

It’s a really wonderful edition, available to freely read online, and accompanied by a special podcast that talks to his biographer about Turing’s famous 1936 paper on computable numbers, his contribution to cracking the German Enigma ciphers, and his thoughts on machine intelligence.

The articles in the issue are no less exciting and cover everything from Turning’s impact on biology to a debate on whether the brain a good model for machine intelligence.

Essentially, stop whatever you’re doing right now, take the phone off the hook, poor yourself a drop of something thought-provoking and enjoy.

Great stuff.

Link to Nature special issue on Alan Turing.


  1. Posted March 3, 2012 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    I know, since I’ve researched, that the apple on the back of my computer– its bite– isn’t a tribute to Turing…

    But I like to think it is.

  2. Nigel Harper
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    All the “Turing Centenary: …” articles appear to be paywalled from here

  3. Dexter Edge
    Posted March 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Yes, all the articles that I have checked beginning with Dyson’s seem to be available to me in the US only at Nature’s usual (and bizarre) single-article price of $32.

    Very disappointing.

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