[Computational Complexity] An apology for Turing may be in the works
- Recall that Alan Turing
- helped Britain win WW II with his breaking the enigma,
- was a brilliant mathematician who was one of the founders of our field
- was prosecuted for being a homosexual by the British Government,
- was forced to take chemicals to cure him of it,
- committed suicide (almost surely because of the drugs and prosecution),
Does one need to help the war effort and be a brilliant mathematician to get the apology? I think they should lower the standard to the following: you need to have either helped the war effort or be a brilliant mathematician to get the apology. Or how about anyone who was persecuted under those laws? Should Britain offer a blanket apology? Would that weaken the impact? I don't know? Perhaps the question is also- what are they trying to achieve?
Whatever apology they end up giving I would like to see it accompanied by legislation that Turing would have approved of (Marriage Equality? Anti-Discrimination? Hate crime legislation? More Grant money in Recursion Theory? AI?) Or maybe an award in his name.
Posted By GASARCH to Computational Complexity at 9/09/2009 12:34:00 PM