Seminars

Our seminar series is free and available for anyone to attend. Unless otherwise stated, seminars take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm in the Kilburn Building during teaching season.

If you wish to propose a seminar speaker please contact Antoniu Pop.

 

Alan Turing's Computers and Our Computers

  • Speaker:   Professor  Martin Davis  (New York University)
  • Host:   Andrei Voronkov
  • 26th November 2007 at 12:00 in Lecture Theatre 1.4, Kilburn Building
Abstract
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. In this talk I will tell the story of Turing's rich, eventful, and ultimately tragic life, and explain some of his ideas.
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