HOWTO think like Alan Turing


7 Responses to “HOWTO think like Alan Turing”

  1. Jonathan Roberts says:

    I wonder if running long distances helped him in his thinking? I certainly find the repetitive nature of running (or cycling) useful when you want to think something through without attacking it directly. It’s a shame that’s never led to something like envisioning a computer in my case, just more mundane solutions to problems!

    • I find any activity that removes you from the situation helps. Some find their best ideas in the shower, or while having a cigarette or cup of tea in the garden.

      I always have my revelations on my walk to and from the office.

  2. Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston says:

    How to Think like Alan Turing:

    Step 1: Be sure to be born one of the singular, unparalleled geniuses of your generation.
    Step 2: Okay…. first, go into the….  no… okay – well actually it’s pretty much just step 1. 

  3. niktemadur says:

    He even came close to a shot at the 1948 Olympic Games, a bid cut short by an injury.

    It’s very good to know that Mr Turing had more than a bit of fun, the martyr image is not the full picture of the man.

    • Jonathan Roberts says:

      Edwin Hubble was also quite famous for his athleticism. From Wikipedia:

      He won seven first places and a third place in a single high school track and field meet in 1906. That year he also set the state high school record for the high jump in Illinois. Another of his personal interests was dry-fly fishing, and he practiced amateur boxing as well. 

  4. tubacat says:

    Imagine what Alan Turing might have done if he hadn’t been persecuted and driven to suicide by homophobes…

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