Middlebury

FYSE1280

Breaking the Code: Alan Turing

Breaking the Code: The Enigma of Alan Turing
British mathematician Alan Turing broke the Nazis' prized Enigma cipher in World War II, created the foundations of computer science, and pioneered the fields of artificial intelligence (“Can Machines Think?”) and neural networks. Turing was arrested for homosexuality and forced to undergo hormone treatments. He died by cyanide poisoning at a relatively young age. His brilliant achievements and tragic death have been the subject of biographies, essays, plays, novels, and films, most recently the Academy Award winning The Imitation Game. We will explore the life and works of this remarkable individual in the context of the war and its aftermath. 3 hrs. sem./screening
Subject:
First Year Seminar
Department:
First-Year Seminar Program
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
CW DED EUR

Sections

Fall 2015

FYSE1280A-F15 Seminar (Olinick)

Fall 2009

FYSE1280A-F09 Seminar (Olinick)
FYSE1280B-F09 Seminar (Martin)
FYSE1280Z-F09 Screening (Martin, Olinick)