Monday, June 07, 2004

Alan Turing: 110010 Years Later

Crooked Timber just reminded me that fifty years ago today, the man who helped save the Free World by uncovering hidden knowledge killed himself by eating an apple laced with cyanide. He was trying to escape persecution for his homosexuality, and he succeeded.

Perhaps one might fittingly honor his death by taking a moment to reflect that bigotry has enormous costs, and not only for those discriminated against. My profession and the world probably lost about three and a half decades of Alan Turing's genius.

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