University of Oregon

Alan Turing's Computers and Our Computers

Part of Computer and Information Science's Distinguished Lecture Series
Who Should Come: 
This event is only open to the UO Community
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
110 Law Center

In 1999, TIME magazine proposed their list of the twenty greatest "scientists and thinkers" of the twentieth century. Explaining their choice of Alan Turing as one of the twenty, they wrote:

"…everyone who taps at a keyboard, opening a spreadsheet or a word-processing program, is working on an incarnation of a Turing machine."

Although these "machines" were only mathematical abstractions that Turing had introduced in a technical paper published in 1936, they implied a whole new way of thinking about computation and revealed the goal of an all-purpose machine that could be "programmed" to carry out arbitrary computations. Professor Martin Davis, Visiting Scholar from UC Berkeley, will tell the story of Turing's rich, eventful, and ultimately tragic life, and explain some of his ideas.

The University of Oregon is sponsoring additional events to honor Alan Turing. See "Lectures, play are tributes to Turing" (Around the O).