Now through Summer 2015
Math Library Exhibit Case
This exhibit features the role of Alan Turing in code-breaking efforts during WWII, his visionary ideas in the development of artificial intelligence, and his ultimately and tragic death. Turing worked at the Government Code and Cypher School in Bletchley Park, (Buckinghamshire, England) to break the Enigma code. Code breakers created "the bombe," a computer-like machine used to crack German encryption, which very possibly shortened the length of World War II by two years. After the war Turing pursued his work in artificial intelligence. His work was cut short, however, after Turing's prosecution for homosexuality led to his suicide in 1954, shortly before his forty-second birthday.
Exhibit produced by Jessica Young, with assistance from Christine DeFord.