Alan Turing

Cambridge college seeks to install 12ft memorial to codebreaker Alan Turing

A Cambridge college has lodged new plans to erect a memorial to wartime codebreaker Alan Turing within its grounds.King’s College said the 12ft (3.6m) sculpture would be designed by Antony Gormley and made of 19 steel blocks, weighing 3.1 tonnes in total.Mathematician Turing, who graduated from King’s in 1934, worked with a team at Bletchley Park to crack the Enigma Code during the Second World War.He helped shorten the conflict and was made an OBE for his contribution to the war effort.Turing apparently took his own life in 1954, aged 41, after being prosecuted for homosexual acts, which were still...
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The Alan Turing opera is on its way

We are thrilled to announce that the World Premiere of THE LIFE AND DEATH(s) OF ALAN TURING will be presented by Chicago Opera Theater next season! Music by Justine F. Chen. Commissioned by ALT in 2012 to commemorate the Turing Centennial, this extraordinary opera will be conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya, who has been an integral part of the development process at ALT since 2015. The World Premiere Production will be directed by Peter Rothstein, and will feature baritone Jonathan Michie, for whom the role of Alan Turing was written!
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Hear Benedict Cumberbatch Reading Letters by Kurt Vonnegut, Alan Turing, Sol LeWitt, and Others

Many know Benedict Cumberbatch as neurosurgeon-turned-Master of the Mystic Arts Doctor Strange. Originally created in the 1960s by Marvel Comics artist and writer Steve Ditko, the character has gained a new fan following through the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2016’s Doctor Strange, the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and several other MCU pictures besides, he’s been played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Open Culture readers may know Cumberbatch better as the 21st-century detective protagonist of the BBC series Sherlock — or, even more likely, as a reader-out-loud of historical and literary letters.

New £50 note: Features you did not know about as Alan Turing banknote enters circulation

The new £50 note featuring Alan Turing has been released into circulation by the Bank of England.The country's highest-value note joins the lower denominations in being printed on polymer, meaning all notes currently being printed by the bank are on plastic for the first time.Advanced security features give the new notes an edge over the old paper notes, which will be no longer be accepted from next September, as they are harder to counterfeit.The note is released to coincide with what would have been the birthday of the Second World War codebreaker and the bank has worked with Snapchat to...
The Independent

Alan Turing £50 banknote arrives at Post Office near where codebreaker worked

The new £50 banknote celebrating Alan Turing has arrived at a Post Office near where the Second World War hero carried out his codebreaking work at Bletchley Park. The Bank of England banknote entered circulation on Wednesday. Ahmed Butt, postmaster for Bletchley Post Office in Buckinghamshire said: “Many of my...
The Guardian

New £50 note featuring Alan Turing goes into circulation

The new £50 note goes into circulation on Wednesday – but with consumers increasingly going cashless, for millions of people it may be months or even years before they see or touch one. It’s been around for 40 years, but the £50 note doesn’t have a great image: there is...

Standing with Alan Turing and Emma Malonelord

If you were to credit a single individual with defeating Hitler, it wouldn’t be a statesman or a general. It would be a British mathematician – Alan Turing. Turing figured out how to beat Enigma, the machine that used more than 150 trillion possibilities to change German military codes every eight hours. Turing’s breakthrough gave […] The post Standing with Alan Turing and Emma Malonelord appeared first on Daily Montanan.