This coming Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of English mathematician Alan Turing, a man who is regarded by many to be the father of computer science.
To commemorate his centenary year, Jeroen van den Bos and Davy Landman of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica built a working LEGO model of the infamous Turing Machine, which was one of his most famous works.
The Turing Machine works by using an infinite strip of tape printed with various different symbols. The tap is fed through the machine which in turn reacts to each symbol working on set of predetermined rules. Turing’s machine is used to demonstrate the logic of computer algorithms and what is capable of being computed. Continue Reading