Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"Turing played well in defence."

Section XVI of The Triumph of Love (1998) recalls the fate of Alan Turing.

This year a petition was organized by computer scientist John Graham-Cumming that resulted in Gordon Brown's official apology for the way Alan Turing was treated. The petition had gathered over 30,800 signatures by September 11, 2009.

"Machines and Men's Minds: Manchester, 1948-50," The Alan Turing Internet Scrapbook (www.turing.org.uk)
Jérôme Fenoglio, "Sorry, Alan!" in Le Monde (October 15, 2009).
"Gordon Brown présente des excuses posthumes au mathématicien Alan Turing," Le Monde (September 14, 2009).
Caroline Davies, "PM's apology to codebreaker Alan Turing: we were inhumane," Guardian (September 11, 2009).
"PM apology after Turing petition," BBC News (September 11, 2009).
Gordon Brown, "I'm proud to say sorry to a real war hero," Telegraph (September 10, 2009).
Gordon Brown, "Treatment of alan Turing was 'appalling'" statement made on September 10, 2009 (www.number10.gov.uk).
Benedict Brogan, "Bletchley Park must be saved for the future, says campaigners," Telegraph (June 12, 2009).
Lester Haines, "Manchester honours Alan Turing, Computer pioneer died 50 years ago today" The Register (June 7, 2004).
Paul Gray, "Alan Turing: While addressing a problem in the arcane field of mathematical logic, he imagined a machine that could mimic human reasoning. Sound familiar?" Time (March 29, 1999).