The legacy of Alan Turing - artificial intelligence and code-breaking
On the centenary of his birth, we take a look back at the life and achievements of Alan Turing
By Mary-Ann Russon | Techworld | Published: 03:00, 23 June 12
23 June 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth. Join us as we take a quick look back through his life at his achievements in technology, his theories and his personal struggles. Warning - copious amount of black and white photography will ensue.
Images courtesy of the Science Museum / SSPL.
Creating the bombe
One of the major cryptanalytical advances Turing made during the war was to create the bombe, an electromechanical machine which implemented logical deductions using a "crib" (possible plaintext) to rule out most contradictions so that only a few needed to be investigated by a person.