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Alan Turing's trouble with convention

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Uploaded on Dec 2, 2007

My favorite fragment from the documentary Breaking the Code, about the life and work of Alan Turing, the inventor of the digital computer and the one who broke the Nazi 'Enigma' code. The film is mostly about Turing breaking another code - the social conventions of his time.

I love Turing's attitude about how one should simply ignore the simple minded idiots that get offended by any departure from "normality", no matter how harmless that departure is. There are more important and interesting things to do than to worry about such idiots. Unfortunately however, in his case intolerance had the last word.

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