Alan Turing

Alan Turing

We take a leap in history to plant ourselves in the 20th century and with it in the technological revolution. Everything learned and discovered in mathematics can now be applied to practically any technology we develop. One of the figures who began to germinate this revolution was Alan Turing thanks to his research in computer science . Likewise, it is considered the forerunner of modern computing .

Turing was born in 1912 in Maida Vale (United Kingdom), the son of a British civil servant in India and his wife. Due to his father’s trade, Alan spent a good part of his childhood in India. His thirst for knowledge soon caught the attention of his teachers. However, in the equivalent of high school, Alan did not shine since he only applied himself in what he liked. Finally, he entered the University of Cambridge , at King’s College.

He studied and researched alongside other great mathematicians of the time and was a professor at King’s College, in addition to developing numerous advances. Unfortunately, his professional career and later his life itself were cut short when he was accused and prosecuted for homosexuality. Withdrawn from his professional life and under the judging gaze of his daily life, Alan Turing was left with only days of loneliness and bitterness. And at the age of 41, he died of cyanide poisoning. Suicide or murder?

The cause of death is not known for sure
Statue of Alan Turing with an apple in his right hand.

Turing laid the foundations of computation and his theorems, machines and proofs continue to challenge great scientists to this day . The mathematician maintained that the machine he had created, the Turing machine, is capable of solving any mathematical problem that can be represented by an algorithm. For his short life, he developed research in various fields, such as cybernetics, pattern formation, and mathematical biology or cryptographic analysis . Alan Turing

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