Codebreaker: A Docudrama about Alan Turing

 

Codebreaker: A Docudrama about Alan Turing

DCC 308

April 3, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This year marks the centennial of the birth of Alan Turing, a brilliant English mathematician who died a targic death.  Turing is well-known for his work on the "Turing Machines," in which he laid out the foundations for the modern digital computer, and the "Turing Test," in which he considers the possibility of machine intelligence.  Less known is that he was instrumental in breaking the codes the Germans used to send messages during World War II, and that Turing "broke" a social "code" as well:  Turing was arrested for having a relationship with another man.  He was put on a hormone treatment by the UK government, which ultimately led him to commit suicide at the age of 41, a tragedy for which the UK finally apologized in 2009.

Several members of the Cognitive Science department will particiapte in the panel discussion following the screening.  "Codebreaker" is being released this centennial year, and has already garnered very positive reviews.

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