The deification of Alan Turing

last updated: Oct 20, 2023

Nice article from Marianne Bellotti:

How an obscure British mathematician became a tool for establishing computer science as a legitimate discipline.

Basically argues that the development of early computers happened in total innocence of Turing's work, despite postdating it, and that the field chose Turing as an avatar both because they finally discovered uses for his work and because he was an ideal choice for legitimizing the field.

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