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the saddest one-line obituary of all

He has even featured in a Doctor Who book.

Sniff. It's quite a good book, too.


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7th Jun, 2004 10:22 (UTC)
The Turing Shroud
Turing was in two Doctor Who books - The Turing Test and The Domino Effect.
7th Jun, 2004 17:14 (UTC)
Re: The Turing Shroud
Still only one good one though.
7th Jun, 2004 14:18 (UTC)
Yes, a poingant line
The picture caption amused me:

Without Turing's genius, you may not be reading this caption

An interesting tense there, conjuring up a strange alternative-continuous-present sort of feeling.

Other Turing inspired literature: the Ian McEwan novella The Imitation Game

and of course Breaking the Code, the play.

I think even a brief retro-obit should have mentioned the Turing Test. (and therefore the Turing prize.)

Which intriguingly in its original form was not as straightforward as Can you tell this machine from a person?, but was Can a machine pretend to be a woman as well as a man can pretend to be a woman?

original paper
8th Jun, 2004 03:15 (UTC)
they also missed out
Recently suffered the ultimate indignity of being retconned into "Tom Jericho" (Dougray Scott), a man more interested in his missing girlfriend and/or Kate Winslet than the fate of the free world, in a stunning demonstration of how homophobia continues to distort history.

(Film/novel: Enigma.)
8th Jun, 2004 03:26 (UTC)
I dunno, I'd be pretty pleased to appear in a Doctor Who book!

But I take your point.
8th Jun, 2004 03:47 (UTC)
But it's still poor reward. There should be more statues of mathematicians. Bet Gormley could do a good job of it ... although ...

there *is* a statue of Turing, I remember now. I thought it awfully bad taste that he was portrayed holding an apple.

"[Glyn] Hughes [the sculptor] sought to explain why he had chosen this particular form. First he pointed out that Turing was a national hero, and national heroes are commemorated in bronze. He then pointed out that Manchester is full of statues of national heroes and you don't notice any of them because they are all up on plinths striking heroic poses. If he had put Turing in a similar position, who would notice him? Instead we have this slight, smaller-than-life (?) pensive figure, holding an apple in his right hand. His name, dates and an encrypted message are inscribed on the bench. In common with statues of heroes in ancient times, a sacrifice was made and buried under this statue. In this case, the sculptor's old Amstrad with his data."

It's near Canal Street, in Manchester.


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8th Jun, 2004 08:14 (UTC)
he did have one on his place of birth already
2 Warrington Cresent, Maida Vale, W9

... but London's had blue plaques longer than anywhere else.
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