Do your kids know who Alan Turing is?
It was Alan Turing's birthday on 23rd June. We've talked a little bit about who our kids look up to, and Turing is definitely on my list. His horrendous treatment and the much-too-late apology is another reason but his work influences everything electronic that my kids love playing with! Do yours know who he is and do you think more attention should be given to such figures, in education?
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I think heroes from Mathematics or Computer Science are widely ignored nowadays. Much of modern cryptography (RSA algorithm) is based on works made by Fermat centuries ago. I think no one knows who he is, besides professionals of the field.
I think that if we studied more the human side of mathematicians we'd contribute much more the humanization of Mathematics and related subjects.
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Do you (or your kids) know who "Tommy Flowers" is? (and that does not mean google it!)
Alright, no need to google it, while Alan Turing's story is often told, while Turing was the programmer, Flowers was the designer, proposing a machine with thousands of valves (ask your grandpa what they are) and answering criticisms of potential unreliability with the observation that valves tend to be unreliable only when subject to varying conditions and powering on and off.
Sadly, Britain threw away this early advantage in computer technology by locking it away as SECRET and scrapping it!
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My kids almost definitely do not know who he is, but they should.
I keep meaning to visit Bletchley Park, which would be an ideal introduction into just how important he was, I must organise that trip!