Alan Turing's Hidden Manuscript Just Sold For $1 Million

Alan Turing, Engima-breaking mathematician and Benedict Cumberbatch lookalike, never wrote much during his life — manuscripts and diaries are hard to come by. The best remaining example was a 56-page notebook working on “the foundations of computer science”, which just sold at auction for $1,025,000. » 4/14/15 12:40am 4/14/15 12:40am

Alan Turing's Hidden Manuscripts Are Up For Auction

Alan Turing was a British mathematician who both broke the infamous Enigma code, enabling Britain to stay alive during WWII, and also the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. He's the reason why people have laboured for decades to beat the 'Turing Test', and also the reason why submarines didn't… » 1/24/15 2:00pm 1/24/15 2:00pm

Ask the Author of Alan Turing: The Enigma Anything

The new film The Imitation Game hits theaters this weekend. But before you see Benedict Cumberbatch's brilliant portrayal of Alan Turing on the big screen, you should definitely check out the book that the film is based on, Alan Turing: The Enigma. Today we have author Andrew Hodges joining us for a live webchat from… » 11/25/14 12:39pm 11/25/14 12:39pm

Celebrate Alan Turing's 100th Birthday With a Turing Machine Google Doodle

If Alan Turing Were Still Alive today, he would have turned 100 tomorrow. Or if he lived in Australia, he'd be 100 right now. That's why the Aussie iteration of Google is paying tribute to the pioneering computer genius with a Google Doodle that simulates the behavior of a Turning machine. » 6/22/12 2:40pm 6/22/12 2:40pm

Turing's Nazi Enigma Code-Breaking Secrets Have Been Declassified

Over 70 years ago, father of computer science Alan Turing developed the techniques which enabled quick and efficient decryption of the Nazis' Enigma-scrambled messages. Now, the secrets behind his techniques—hidden away in research documents since the Second World War—have been declassified. » 4/23/12 7:40am 4/23/12 7:40am

How to Build Turing’s Universal Machine

Modern computers wouldn't exist without the pioneering theories posited by Alan Turing, however the famed computer scientist was never quite able to make a working model of his hypothetical device. Turing's Cathedral by George Dyson follows Hungarian mathematician John von Neumann's efforts to build a computer based… » 3/15/12 11:00am 3/15/12 11:00am