Talk:Alan Turing

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Hmm... If he's gay, then homophobes, Anglophobes, and Caucasiphobes can't have presence on the Internet. Right? For the internet rule, only the latter applies, because Tim Berners-Lee made the Internet.- (talk) 03:03, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Andrew Hodges' biography of Turing[edit]

I gave away my copy of the book, but anyone who wants to oomph up this article needs to read it. I was working on memory for my big edit of the opening section. ProblemChimp (talk) 22:40, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

Revising the Turing Test[edit]

The computer #deliberately# tells a joke (rather than merely 'peculiar conjunctions of words' - see books of mistranslated signs and peculiar H&S notices for examples) or otherwise engages in humour. (Some animals do pass this test.) (talk) 09:40, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

Film Accuracy[edit]

Not that I think The Imitation Game is a perfect recreation of Turing's time at Bletchley Park, but what specifically is inaccurate about it? BORT (talk) 02:04, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

Moses Schönfinkel[edit]

I’ve developed a fascination with individuals who satisfy all of the following conditions: (a) produced intellectual works of extreme originality (showing both breadth and depth of intellectual prowess) (b) died young (c) not well known in intellectual history, that is, obscure. Here’s a list of some individuals who satisfy all of the above conditions:

Ettore Majorana
Frank Plumpton Ramsey
Jacques Herbrand
Oswald Teichmüller (was a Nazi, but an astounding mathematician)

Why am I mentioning this on the talk-page of the ‘Alan Turing’ article?—because another individual who definitely ought to be included on the above list is fundamentally related to Turing’s work in computer science (Schönfinkel’s work prefigures Turing and Church’s work by 16 years), and consequently, also fundamentally related to intellectual history. The “individual” that I’m referring to is Moses Schönfinkel: unlike the other figures on this list Schönfinkel only produced one work during his brief lifetime, yet it is a work of intellectual perfection. Schönfinkel is perhaps the most fascinating candidate for this list, given that he is the most obscure, and has produced perhaps the most original work. Stephen Wolfram has recently tried, in two excellent articles 1 and 2 , to unearth more information on the singularity that is Moses Schönfinkel. LeucippusSalva veritate 00:03, 17 August 2021 (UTC)

Well, just a weird suggestion, ever thought about also looking into thoughts from educated minorites and women? They're probably all obscure at least. --It's-a me, Lgm sigpic.png LeftyGreenMario! 00:41, 17 August 2021 (UTC)
Unfortunately, finding figures who are either educated minorities or female, and that satisfy my criteria of interest, is significantly harder, due largely to the immense social impediments facing women and ethnic minorities throughout history. The figures I’ve mentioned, I came across nondeliberately, within my own areas of interest; finding ethnic minorities or women in the subjects of my own studies is, unfortunately, a rarity—and would require probing research that I am not currently up-to. Relevant female figures who satisfy the ‘obscure’ criterion (although these are fairly well known) include: Ada Lovelace, Emmy Noether, Sophie Germain, and Emilie Du Chatelet. As for ethnic minorities, I have already included one—Moses Schönfinkel. LeucippusSalva veritate 01:45, 17 August 2021 (UTC)