William & Myrtle Harris Distinguished Lectureship in Science and Civilization

Thursday, May 21, 2015
8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Beckman Auditorium
Alan Turing (1912-1954): an individual of the twentieth century
Andrew Hodges, Senior Research Fellow and Tutor, Mathematics, Wadham College, University of Oxford,

Alan Turing was the founder of modern computer science and the chief scientific cryptographer of the Second World War.

Andrew Hodges, PhD, is the author of Alan Turing: The Enigma upon which the Academy Award-winning (Adapted Screenplay) The Imitation Game is based. Hodges offers the words of Walt Whitman referenced in his biography of Turing as a preview for this lecture: "One's-self I sing—a simple, separate Person; / Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-masse."

In this talk, Hodges will describe some of the achievements that made Turing a very singular individual, but one caught up in the great sweep of twentieth-century science and history.

For more information, please contact Emily de Araujo by phone at 626-395-8028 or by email at emilya@caltech.edu.