I am doing nothing of the sort, I am merely referring to “Computer Science” as a whole, including all disciplines under that umbrella. You are making silly separations that do not exist in the real world of computer science (look under IEEE definitions of Computer Science”), as most software engineers are familiar with engineering principles and vice versa. You are being pedantic and insular for no reason here, and as such I have little faith that you know what you are talking about. No matter, its of no relevance really. Turing will be continued to be hailed as one of the fathers of modern computing, and by the rest of the scientific and engineering community, regardless of your hair-splitting or belief in the contrary.

]]>Every other scientist and engineer respect what Turing did for computing. You don’t. Big deal.

]]>Every other scientist and engineer respect what Turing did for computing. You don’t. Big deal.

]]>The Google entry (not always to be trusted I accept) describes Turing as `an English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist’ in that order. The encyclopedia britannica says has was a ` British mathematician and logician, who made major contributions to mathematics, cryptanalysis, logic, philosophy, and biology and to the new areas later named computer science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and artificial life.’

To refer to him, as the article does, and never call him a mathematician is simply incorrect. ]]>

R.I.P ]]>

To call Turin just a Mathematician, is unfair, and disingenuous to the vast contribution he made to computing, so I agree with Will. To say that he has nothing to add just because there was no “Computing Facility” in 1945, is like saying Darwin didn’t postulate evolution, simply because he was in the Medical Faculty. Its not about “owning” Turing as a Mathematician, its about recognising his vast contribution.

]]>As a scientist myself, I am fully aware of the level of mathematics needed for computer science, and the level needed is anything but “minimal”. In fact, your statement makes me believe you are anything BUT a lecturer, sorry. You imply disparity in mathematics with computer science where none exists, and a true mathematician or scientist would know this. Do you seriously think Fourier Analysis is nothing to do with computing/engineering? Just one example that proves you wrong: Analysis and decomposition of spatial variation in integrated circuit processes and devices uses spatial Fourier transform methods.

It is a bit needy of you to need to claim Turing as a mathematician, simply because “so few famous gay mathematicians” exists. Give the man the credit he deserves for both fields of mathematics and computational science!

]]>such a bright giving mind,should

have been treated with honor,

not condemed.

As I hear people sing “America

The Beautiful,” I think, so sad, that few know source of this beautiful song, they sing so loudly and proudly.

Wise up world. We have a history rich in honorables.8 ]]>

I’m sorry, Peter, but you have your facts wrong. Computational science, and computing, is based on mathematics – what did you think it was based on exactly?

Yes, he was a mathematician, but so are most computer scientists today, and Turing proved that computation devices would be capable of performing any conceivable mathematical computation if it were representable as an algorithm. Algorithms are at the very core of modern computational programming. He also envisaged what’s is now called “the Turing machine”, which at the time was a theoretical device that could manipulate symbols on a strip of tape according to a table of rules. A Turing machine can be adapted to simulate the logic of any computer algorithm, including the functions of a CPU inside a computer.

To suggest that “computer science did not exist in his day so it is anachronistic to use the term” is rather silly, as its like suggesting the Wright brothers didn’t build the first successful aeroplane, because modern avionics didn’t exist then. There is a reason Turing is sometimes called the “father of modern computers”, quite simply its becuase he postulated their existence.

I’d suggest you make a better effort to understand the relationship between computer science and mathematics.

]]>Actually, in all probability, we wouldn’t be using the computers as we have now to type these very messages without him, his work revolutionised the idea around stored programmable computing, and his ideas set in motion the entire computer industry. One can only imagine what he could have achieved if he wasn’t so tragically persecuted for something as simple as who he chose to sleep with.

]]>To be put through such barbaric acts just because just for being Gay must be taught to the younger generation to show the struggles people went through before 1967.

A worthwhile centenary to be celebrating.

]]>We may not even have won the war without his efforts.

One of the most shameful acts of this country in the 20th century.

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