In honor of the 100th anniversary of mathematician and logician Alan Turing's birth, the final installment of a two-part series explores the life of Turing as told by some of the most influential computer scientists in the world.
At the Association for Computing Machinery's 2012 Turing Award celebration, I discussed Turing, the father of computer science, with Frances Allen, Charles Bachman, Vint Cerf, Dame Wendy Hall, William Newman, Christos Papadimitriou and Judea Pearl.
Click the link below and/or watch the video above to hear their stories--and please view Part 1 of “Alan Turing: His Mind, His Life” below.
Talk nerdy to me by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.
Video produced by Christopher Sprinkle and Cara Santa Maria. Shot by Roddy Blelloch. Special thanks to Virginia Gold and the Association for Computing Machinery.
To learn more about the people featured in this piece, visit the following websites:
The 'Supermoon,' which arrived just before midnight on May 5, was spectacular from angles <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/05/supermoon-photos-2012-pictures-world_n_1486785.html?ref=science" target="_hplink">all around the world</a>. We asked our readers to submit their photos of the moon, which was the biggest and brightest of the year. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) Caption: AP
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/black-hole-swallows-star_n_1471860.html">What happens when a black hole shreds and consumes a star</a>? Here's one artist's conception. CREDIT: NASA, S. Gezari (The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.), A. Rest (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.), and R. Chornock (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Ma.)
Exploring the cosmos at extreme energies, the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbits planet Earth every 95 minutes. By design, it rocks to the north and then to the south on alternate orbits in order to survey the sky with its Large Area Telescope (LAT). The spacecraft also rolls so that solar panels are kept pointed at the Sun for power, and the axis of its orbit precesses like a top, making a complete rotation once every 54 days. As a result of these multiple cycles the paths of gamma-ray sources trace out complex patterns from the spacecraft's perspective, like this mesmerising plot of the path of the Vela Pulsar. Credit: NASA, DOE, International Fermi LAT Collaboration Caption: NASA <a href="http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120504.html" target="_hplink">APoD</a>
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/07/dying-stars-eat-planets-solar-system_n_1495530.html?ref=space" target="_hplink">Planets collide around dying stars</a>. Credit: © Mark A. Garlick /space-art.co.uk/University of Warwick
It may not look like it, but this image is a close-up of a banana stem being torn. <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/tb1lg/banana_stem/">In-depth explanation on Reddit</a>.
Water forms an interesting cyclonic twist as it is intentionally sucked into the test engine of a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport aircraft during the VIPR project engine health monitoring tests conducted by NASA Dryden. The water was contained on a special platform built by NASA Dryden's Fabrication Branch for the tests. Credit: NASA / Tony Landis Caption: NASA
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/08/supermoon-iss-photos-squashed-satellite_n_1500268.html?ref=science" target="_hplink">The Supermoon appears to be sinking into the atmosphere</a>. The image was taken by André Kuipers from aboard the ISS on May 5, 2012. Credit: ESA/NASA
You may have seen pictures of iron filings surrounding a magnet in a trippy, curved pattern, but here's a more unorthodox way to visualize a magnetic field. This image showed up on <A href="http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/tcvcm/a_magnetic_field_visualized/">Reddit this week</a>.