PerspectiveComputer Science

Beyond Turing's Machines

Science  13 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6078, pp. 163-164
DOI: 10.1126/science.1218417

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In marking Alan Turing's centenary, it's worth asking what was his most fundamental achievement and what he left for future science to take up when he took his own life in 1954. His success in World War II, as the chief scientific figure in the British cryptographic effort, with hands-on responsibility for the Atlantic naval conflict, had a great and immediate impact. But in its ever-growing influence since that time, the principle of the universal machine, which Turing published in 1937 (1), beats even this.