Day 174 Mile 174: Testing Turing Run

20170623_072420-01Day 174 Mile 174: Testing Turing Run. Today is the anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, the renowned computer scientist, mathematician, and philosopher.

He was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, and is widely considered to be the father of artificial intelligence. During the Second World War, he worked for the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking centre where he and his team did work which has been estimated to have shortened the war in Europe by more than two years and saved over fourteen million lives.

He was persecuted for his homosexuality and tragically eventually took his own life (although conspiracy theories abound).

Alan_Turing_Aged_16His work forms the basis for much of our digital world and his posthumous pardon is a step towards equality within the British legal system, let alone his influence on the works of hundreds of sci-fi authors!

So, today’s run starts at the University School of Computer Science, and winds out through the town to the sea and finishes at Port Penrhyn. The computer science start point is obvious, the end point at the port less so, until you realise that this was until recently an export harbour for the slate quarries. In-spite of his treatment in life, his ostracization from the intelligence community, and his sad fate; there is now a 1.5 ton state in honour of Turing at Bletchley Park made by Stephen Kettle from half a million pieces of Welsh slate.

So there’s some trivia for the day!

I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.

Distance: 1630.0 meters recorded

(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)

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Thanks as ever for all the support!

Ed

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