There is a nice set of articles on Alan Turing in Nature this month, in celebration of his 100th birthday. This short article “The Man Behind the Machine” is a good place to start. Much of the short article will be familiar to computer scientists, but there’s a funny bit about umlauts being initially added to his name in the phrase “Turing Machine”, “due, presumably, to an impression that anything so incomprehensible must be Teutonic”. Also there’s an interesting later article on Turing’s biological work on morphogenesis.
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