Today we’re going to take a step back from programming and discuss the person who formulated many of the theoretical concepts that underlie modern computation – the father of computer science himself: Alan Turing. Now normally we try to avoid “Great Man” history in Crash Course because truthfully all milestones in humanity are much more complex than just an individual or through a single lens – but for Turing we are going to make an exception. From his theoretical Turing Machine and work on the Bombe to break Nazi Enigma codes during World War II, to his contributions in the field of Artificial Intelligence (before it was even called that), Alan Turing helped inspire the first generation of computer scientists – despite a life tragically cut short.
Special thanks to Contributing Writer Robert Xiao whom we should have (and forgot) to include in the credits. His help with this episode was invaluable.
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