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International Symposium: The Alan Turing legacy

Life and Earth Sciences | Madrid, October 23-24, 2012


2012 sees the commemoration of the centenary of the birth of one of the most outstanding figures of the 20th century, the British mathematician Alan Matheson Turing.

Despite his short life, Turing had a unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, logic, philosophy, biology and mathematics. Turing is regarded as one of the founding fathers of Computational Science; he developed the formalization of the concepts of algorithm and computing by means of the so-called Turing machine. He became widely-known a few years after he played a vital role during the Second World War breaking Nazi codes, particularly those of the Enigma machine. After the war he promoted the construction of the first digital computers. He also contributed to the debate on whether or not machines could think (Artificial Intelligence).

In 2012, many events are being held all over the world (especially in the United Kingdom) to commemorate this centenary, in which we are also participating with this initiative.

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