Bright guy. What they did to him was wrong.
How do you think Turing himself would want to be remembered? For his world changing concepts in computer architecture or his sex habits?
Whether hero or not, he was a martyr. He was being treated with drugs, you know.
As I recall, he called the cops on some guy he had up to his apartment who stole something from him. That's how naive he was. That was the end of him, brilliant man that he was.
His homosexuality is terribly unimportant. By the time of his death, he was in a dry spell and had made no significant breakthroughs in several years. His homosexuality did not help him find his discoveries, and his suicide probably did not deprive the world of much in the way of additional discoveries. He did what he did, and he contributed quite a lot. The homosexuality is an insignificant detail.
Maybe a German lover game him the crack.
Turing had genius enough to conceive of the machine...Flowers had the engineering skills to actually construct it.
I’ve never used the gay icon on my computer. Didn’t know I had one.
There’s absolutely no doubt he contributed to the world of computing. However, without him, would we have computers? Yes.
Without Oppenheimer, we would still have had the bomb, maybe a little later but that cat was already out of the bag.
Saying that Turing broke the Enigma code reduces what really happened to a sound bite. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/enigma_01.shtml
Visited Bletchley Park in 2007 when I was in London. Took the train out there. Met an elderly woman who was there during the war, and a British WWII veteran while on the walking tour.
Yes, he was a gifted cryptographer.