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Public Lecture on Alan M. Turing - October 13th - 6pm

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07 October 2010



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ALAN TURING: COMPUTING FOR LIFE
by Dr. Andrew Hodges

Wed, Oct 13th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Wills Memorial Building
A public lecture of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory

Attendance is free. - Prebooking is recommended.
Pls email to: turing-lecture@bristol.ac.uk

ABSTRACT
Alan Turing (1912-1954) is conventionally counted as a British
mathematical logician, who in his own time was recognised for his
discovery of the fundamental property of computability in 1936. His
central part in the emergence of the practical electronic computer in
1945 was much less well appreciated by his contemporaries, and until
the lifting of official secrecy a generation later, very few knew of
his crucial code-breaking role in the Second World War. But from a
modern perspective, perhaps the most striking feature of his work is
that from the outset he was concerned with the nature of the human
mind and its embodiment in the brain. In this talk I will show how
this fundamental concern manifested itself in his early life and then
flowered in different ways through his computational innovations.

BIOGRAPHY
Dr. Andrew Hodges is a Tutorial Fellow in Mathematics, Wadham College,
University of Oxford. Andrew Hodges works primarily on new
developments in fundamental physics, but is best known to the general
public as the biographer of the British founder of modern computer
science, Alan Turing (1912-1954).

His book Alan Turing: The Enigma has been translated into
several languages (winning a literary prize), has been dramatised for stage
and television and was chosen by Michael Holroyd as part of a list of
50 'essential' books (that were currently available in print) in The
Guardian, 1 June 2002. Dr. Hodges serves on the Turing Centenary
Advisory Committee.