Alan Turing's biographer at the Skeptic Society
The last of the fall series of the Skeptic Society lectures at Caltech features Dr. Andrew Hodges, author of "Alan Turing: the Enigma", the biography of the mathematical genius who turned the tide of WWII. The book is the basis for the new film "The Imitation Game" (which we're planning on seeing as a Sunday Assembly Movie Social when it's released in late November). From the Skeptic Society website:
"IT IS ONLY A SLIGHT EXAGGERATION to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912–1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades—all before his suicide at age 41. In November a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing will be released, based on the classic biography Dr. Andrew Hodges, who teaches mathematics at Wadham College, University of Oxford (he is also an active contributor to the mathematics of fundamental physics). Hodges tells how Turing’s revolutionary idea of 1936—the concept of a universal machine—laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design. Hodges also tells how this work was directly related to Turing’s leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic. At the same time, this is the tragic story of a man who, despite his wartime service, was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program—all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime. A book signing will follow the lecture."
Tickets are available at the door. $10 for Skeptic Society members; $15 for non-members.