Turing and pride in Manchester


10 Responses to “Turing and pride in Manchester”

  1. Chris Hogan says:

    Alan Turing: tragic homosexual martyr unfairly done to death by a hateful and repressive culture. (also dabbled in mathematics)

    • Wallace says:

       Undeniably poorly treated, but some suggest not enough evidence to support suicide verdict http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18561092

    • Mitchell Glaser says:

      Turing, like Da Vinci, was an incredible genius in multiple fields and also homosexual. It was just that during Leonardo’s time they were more tolerant, to both genius and homosexuality.

      • toyg says:

        Probably not. The Catholic Church condemns homosexuality as ferociously as anyone… publicly. Privately, like with any other sin, it’s ok for you to do whatever you want, as long as you come to mass, confess regularly, and atone with the right amount of donations.

        Southern Italy has been Catholic for thousands of year and it’s historically been a haven for homosexuals, as long as they “stay in line”, don’t try to affirm their rights in public, and just engage in standard Catholic hypocrisy.

      •  Genius maybe.  Leonardo was certainly tried for “sodomy” during his lifetime.  What little we know about his sexuality  is filtered by his need to stay as hidden as possible to save himself from the Church and its laws.

  2. Thanks for sharing my image :-)

  3. NelsonMinar says:

    Aw, thanks for the citation Cory!

  4. planettom says:

     I’m still interested in this bit of pseudo-Enigma code on the bench of this statue:
    Ostensibly this decodes as FOUNDER OF COMPUTER SCIENCE.
    Except it can’t.  Letter 14 in both phrases is U, and Enigma didn’t work that way.

    Could be a mistake on the sculptor…
    but it also could be there’s a still undecoded message here.

    Meanwhile, this adorable YouTube video of the statue passing the Turing Test for a dog:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8DiOthAKek (45 second-video).

    • renke says:


      an interesting blog post, trying to hunt down the cipher.

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