Alan Turing Contribution In Computer Science

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MATHS – ROSHAN We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done – alan turing. Introduction. Mathematics is work of passion. Mathematicians like alan turing are not born everyday. They take birth once in a century. He was one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He is the man behind the development of theoretical computer science that’s why by many he is considered as father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. There is an award on his name ‘turing award’ which is equivalent to nobel prize and is given in the field of theoretical computer scince. There is various stamps issued in his honour. His contribution is not only in mathematics but he contributed to the field of…show more content…
Contribution : His contribution to mathematics is immense. His one of the greatest achievements is the turing machine based on algorithm and concept. He replaced kurt godel’s language of universal mathematics to a formal and simple one. He gave his thesis on systems of logic based on ordinals which is highly useful in theoretical computer science. He set a standard test to check the intelligence of machines, which is popularly known as turing test. Turing completed most of his ph.d work under alonz church, turing gave an equivalent proof of lambda calculus and turing’s work was considered better and more accessible. He made software programs using his mathematical skills for Manchester mark one which is one among the earliest computers. He will be remembered for breaking of enigma codes that was a path breaking achievement. He invented number of different techniques to decipher german codes, sitting in bletchley park during world war II. He improved the polish bomba. Turing is the man because of whom elite force on many crucial battles. He used his mathematics to save humanity from it’s greatest enemy of…show more content…
It was a war time station of England for code breaking. University of Manchester - he was appointed as a reader in mathematics department. Controversies : Turing was presented for homosexuality in the court of law, which was a criminal offence then in England . he was proven guilty of homosexuality. He was asked to undergo treatment or to go jail. He chose to undergo treatment which resulted in impotency and gynaecomastia. Death : Turing left this world on 8 june 1954, the post-mortem report said, the death occurred due to cyanide poisoning. It was later confirmed as a suicde. But his mother denied it. One interesting fact is that he loved a scene in the fairy-tale of Cinderella where the wicked queen gave Cinderella an apple dipped I poison. A half eaten apple was found beside his dead body. I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted. – alan

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