Alan Turing at the Science Museum | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 06:30 in Paleontology & Archaeology

A new exhibition on Alan Turing opens tomorrow at the Science Museum.This week has been even more ecologically and domestically unsound than usual, in that I had to be in London on Monday and today, and CERN yesterday and tomorrow. A bonus though was that on the way to work this morning1 I got a chance to visit the "Codebreaker" exhibition at the Science Museum just before it opens tomorrow.There are some great artefacts there, along with lots of context and background information. There is the prototype of one of the first ever general-purpose programmable computers (see picture above). Machines like this were used to help find and solve the metal fatigue problem which had caused the first passenger jets to crash. They have the relevant piece of the Comet jet, fished out of the Mediterranean. Enigma machines, including one loaned by Sir Michael Jagger of Honky Tony Women fame;...

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