Public Lecture

Thursday 10th May 2012

Alan Turing: Legacy of a Code Breaker

From cryptanalysis and  the cracking of the German Enigma Code during the Second World War to his work on artificial intelligence, Alan Turing was without doubt one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. An extraordinarily gifted mathematician, he is rightly regarded as the father of computer science having set in place the formal rules that govern the way every computer code ever written actually work. This lecture will be a celebration of one man’s enigmatic yet ultimately tragic life – a whirlwind  tour of his genius, from whether computers can have consciousness to how a leopard gets its spots.

Jim Al-Khalili OBE (born 20 September 1962) is an Iraqi-born British theoretical physicist, author and science communicator. He is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey. He has become a familiar science personality in the British media. He has hosted several BBC productions about science and is a frequent commentator about science in other British media venues.


5.30 Registration

6.00 Welcome and introduction

6.10 Alan Turing: Legacy of a Code Breaker
Professor Jim Al Khalili, Professor of Physics, Surrey University

6.55 Q & A

7.10 Vote of thanks

7.15 Close

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The event is kindly supported by Gifford Lectures