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Google celebrates 100th anniversary of gay war hero’s Alan Turing’s birth with Doodle

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  1. Craig Denney 23 Jun 2012, 11:36am

    Apparently the bite out of the Apple in the apple Macintosh logo comes from the poisoned apple he used to commit suicide.

    1. Urban myth, as has been pointed out elsewhere on this site.

    2. David Thomas 23 Jun 2012, 12:35pm

      Yeah Steve Jobs confirmed it wasn’t true, but “oh how I wish it were so” so if they could have they would have.

      1. Maybe it was a subconscious reference to Turing? You know like word association that psychologists make use of.

    3. If only Turing had taken a bite of the apple instead of drinking directly from the bottle.

  2. Jock S. Trap 23 Jun 2012, 11:54am

    Was really pleased to see this from Google. They have gone up in my estimations!! Well done!!!

    1. I agree.

      You’d think the UK government would see this as an opportunity to promote British ingenuity, but no. I wonder why not?

      Full marks to Google, though.

      1. Jock S. Trap 24 Jun 2012, 12:06pm

        Personally I would like to see Alan Turning on one of our bank notes.

  3. Well done, Google.

  4. Tim Hopkins 23 Jun 2012, 12:08pm

    PN’s description of what a Turing machine is is way off the mark, but never mind!

  5. Christopher Hobe Morrison 23 Jun 2012, 12:12pm

    The only thing more stupid than Google doodles is anybody who would write stories about them. Are they paying you? More interesting is the story in the BBC News sites that maybe Turing didn’t commit suicide at all, and his death may have been an accident. This story shows that the coroner was predjudiced against him and this may have affected the verdict.

    1. Spanner1960 23 Jun 2012, 12:46pm

      Millions of people access Google every day.
      It is probably the single most accessed website on the planet, so for them to promote Turing in this way should be seen not only as an honour to the man, but hopefully will enlighten some ignorant people that LGBT people are capable of great things too. This has nothing to do with advertising and everything to do with awareness.

    2. Tim Hopkins 23 Jun 2012, 1:03pm

      Turing’s 1936 paper “On computable numbers, with an application to the entscheidungsproblem” is quite widely viewed as the start of computer science. It introduced the concept of (what is now known as) a Turing machine – a universal computing mechanism – Google’s search page depicts one. Pretty important then for computing and for Google!

    3. Tim Hopkins 23 Jun 2012, 1:13pm

      Incidentally, it was not a Turing machine, but an electro-mechanical calculator called the Bombe, developed by Turing, that cracked Enigma coded messages, and is often said to have shortened WWII by years. Two major, but separate, achievments by the same person. Others of Turing’s achievements include designs for one of the first true (stored program) computers, the ACE; programs for the world’s first true computer (the Manchester Mark 1); and early considerations of AI (including proposing what subsequently is called the Turing test).

  6. Spanner1960 23 Jun 2012, 12:47pm

    Just in case anybody is geeky enough to try and losing patience, this is how to solve the doodle:

    1. theotherone 23 Jun 2012, 9:11pm

      thanks for that spanner – i got stuck on the last letter and was tearing my hair out :-)

      my little net label did a turing tribute last week.

      http://blackcirclerecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-game-for-alan-turing

  7. Great to see tributes to Turing in prominent places. A credit to Google.

  8. I am very disappointed that, once again, Pink News has failed to mention John Graham-Cumming, as the man responsible for obtaining the Turing apology. I have mentioned this before, and am sorry that Pink News has repeated the omission.

    Here is a link to John’s web page:

    http://jgc.org/

    1. the link is to your self promo site… what has this to do with Turing

  9. Keith Simpson 23 Jun 2012, 7:00pm

    I grant that Galileo Galilei may or may not have been homosexual, it matters not but he was done to death in much the same way. However, give me a Galileo, give me a Tchaikovsky and give me an Alan Turing and you can have all 260+ Roman pontiffs in full, camperai regalia, wearing their mothers’ curtains and lampshades on their heads. You can put them all on a boat and let it drift off into the sunset blasting a hole in it mid-Atlantic.
    Keith.
    SALFORD

    1. Just as an aside (and I admit this is way off-topic), Galileo Galilei wasn’t ‘done to death’, he died at the remarkably advanced age, for the time, of 77.

      1. Yes dear, not ‘done to death’ literally, not ‘topped’ but worse, in my view.
        He was tried and convicted in 1633 for publishing his evidence that supported the Copernican theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun. His research was instantly criticized by the .. yes .. you’ve guessed it, THE DEAR LEADER of the Catholic Church for going against the established scripture that places Earth and not the Sun at the centre of the universe. Galileo was found “vehemently suspect of heresy” for his heliocentric views and was required to “abjure, curse and detest” his opinions. He was sentenced to house arrest, where he remained for the rest of his life and his offending texts were banned.
        Hounded and humiliated and imprisoned by intellectual pygmies.? Excommunicated from the comfort of the sacraments.?
        And all that until he died at a ripe old age as you point out, petal.
        Treated in that manner until he died says to me that he was indeed ‘done to death’.
        Balls to the RCC.
        Keith.
        SALFORD

        1. Spanner1960 24 Jun 2012, 11:09am

          Galileo was wrong.
          Everybody knows the world actually revolves around me. ;)

          1. Hahahaha
            Brilliant…!

        2. Keith of SALFORD, flower, if you want to use conventional phrases in what I’m sure you’d call a ‘very unique’ way, don’t get riled if people suggest precision would be preferable.

          Oh, and – sweetie – I’d send something other than balls to the RCC, you don’t want them getting too excited after all …

  10. Ratzinger…!
    Alan Turing for canonisation and be quick about it…!
    You can forget mummy’s boy, closet queen, ditherer and all round weirdo Pacelli..!
    Keith.
    SALFORD

  11. Please sign the e-petition to get Alan Turing featured on the next £10 note !

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31659

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