Codebreaker: Alan Turing's Life and Legacy
Until Sun Jun 2 2013
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Time Out says
Posted: Fri Feb 17 2012
An exhibition to mark the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing (1912-1954). The show looks at the achievements of the man whose wartime codebreaking helped to shorten WWII by years and whose influence on computer science is still felt today. On display are artefacts including machines devised by Turing, such as the Pilot ACE computer (the fastest computer of its time), along with the electromechanical 'bombe' machines which were used to crack codes during the war. The show aims to give a rounded picture of the man known at Bletchley Park as 'the Prof', exploring the events that led to his untimely death in 1954 when, after being convicted for indecency and chemically castrated, he committed suicide by taking cyanide.