Alan Turing and his legacy are pivotal reminders of the limitations of data analysis without the context. How would he be evaluated today looking only at some of those metrics? He published just a few articles in his too short life, but Turing's work has had profound impact upon computer science that still resonates.
Since I served as commander of Ft. Gordon in Georgia many years ago, I have waged a long and partially successful struggle with my former boss and friend Lt. Gen. William Hillsman to create a National Science Center in which our nation's triumphs in science can be celebrated and used to inspire bright young people with inquiring intellects.
America is leading the world in scientific discoveries and technological advances, and key to that is the independence of the scientific process that has served American innovation so well in the past. It's essential to protect that process and ensure that scientific merit is determined by scientific peers.