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New Alan Turing sculpture revealed in London

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  1. Editors may want to note that it is actually very debatable that he killed himself because of chemical castration. For e.g. he often experimented with evaporating cyanide in his home lab, and the apple he apparently bit from was not check for cyanide. Furthermore, his mood and diaries reflect no change from normal in the days leading up to his death.

    1. As you said, it is debatable… so nobody knows for sure. That does not take away the fact that he was a hero and a mathematical genius.

  2. philip Breen 19 May 2013, 7:07am

    Brilliant as Turing was, the state should address the implications of allowing prosecutions for crimes connected with gay sex. Though a short but humiliating court appearance with no mention in the press was often the trade-off for pleading guilty; nowadays, for the purposes of safeguarding, gay sex crimes and paedophilia are treated as one and the same. Gay-connected suicides are still many and because, for whatever reasons not all gays are out, there is no help available. Surely Turing should be pardoned but so should everyone else at least be able to have gay sex crimes filtered/disregarded. I do hope the forthcoming ‘filtering’ mechanisms to be announced by the Home Office will include all the old gay convictions enforced to entrap and ruin the lives of gay men until very recently.

  3. @gerrypasha 20 May 2013, 4:31pm

    Do you still believe he killed himself?

    well if you believe that Lee Oswald fired a magic bullet and the Ozark caves are closed because of White Nose Bat Syndrome, you might.

    I believe he was murdered, by person/persons/body unknown

  4. Patrick Lyster-Todd 17 Oct 2013, 1:17pm

    Oh really? His biographer never unearthed any such suggestion. Where’s your proof? Or is this just more conspiracy tosh?

  5. I live in N. California. Getting my picture standing alongside this sculpture is now one of my goals in life.

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