An inscription on the Alan Turing bench in Sackville gardens, Manchester city centre, reads: “Father of computer science, mathematician, logician, wartime codebreaker, victim of prejudice.”

Alan Turing is well known for his cryptographic work at Bletchley Park in World War II, leading efforts to decode German U-boat communications. After the war whilst working at Manchester University Turing helped create the pioneering Mark I computer. His work in mathematics and artificial intelligence is less well known, such as why do we see Fibonacci sequences (i.e. 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34…) in sunflower plants.

Jonathan Swinton, Visiting Professor in Computational Systems Biology at University of Oxford, former Team Leader at AstraZeneca and former Fellow in mathematics at King’s College Cambridge, will describe the ‘popular’ work of Alan Turing, but with more focus on some of the lesser known work.

2012 is the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth, and in June 2012 the Manchester Science Festival will celebrate the work of Alan Turing with a series of exhibitions, public lectures and childrens’ activities.

Event starts 6.30 pm at The Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington. Arrive early to get a seat. As always, anyone from Junior School age onwards is very welcome. You don’t need to be an expert. Just bring an inquisitive mind!

Jonathan’s Talk (short version- even so in three parts!)

Bollington Sci Bar Handout – Alan Turing