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HOPE Number Six (2006): "The Life and Times of Alan Turing, Father of the Computer" (DVD)

HOPE Number Six (2006): "The Life and Times of Alan Turing, Father of the Computer" (DVD)

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Friday, July 21, 2006: 12:00 pm (Area "B"): Alan Turing was an intriguing guy whose life was as tragic as it was amazing. Known as the father of the computer, the man who broke the Enigma code, and a sad victim of British homophobia in the 1950s, Turing serves as a role model for many hackers, computer scientists, and mathematicians. This talk tackles three subjects: Turing's role in breaking the German Enigma code, Turing as the father of the computer, and Turing's personal life (and death). A look at Turing's life in chronological order, focusing on events which had profound effects on his thinking and feelings. Turing's story is ultimately a sad one, but along the way you'll see a breakthrough in cryptography and the birth of the computer. You'll also want to fight much harder for freedoms that we still take for granted, despite the fact that they are disappearing fast.

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