Make Alan Turing’s life, work and legacy part of the school curriculum

Alan Turing was the man who broke the Enigma code, saving an estimated 14 million lives and ending the Second World War around two years early. He was also persecuted, criminalised and treated abhorrently for being gay - leading to his tragic early death - and was only pardoned a year ago.

His work with machines, and algorithms, provided the foundation of our modern day computers. 

And yet, so many people do not even know of his name, let alone the groundbreaking and lifesaving work he did.

At the very least Turing should form part of our history curriculum, and could even be included in computing lessons. 

If you sign this petition, hopefully our department for education will see and consider - we want EVERYONE to know about him. He is a hero, a hero whose life was cut short because he was “different”, and THAT is the crime.

Please help us get the message across to our government. Thank you.

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Well this is important. Not even from a historical point of view, but from a technical viewpoint. He’s done so much for humanity. From creating the means to prematurely end the Second World War to the blueprints of computing that we use to this very day. Yet people are still so ignorant to this extraordinary man.

The Imitation Game - Five Reasons You'll Love It

London Film Festival kicks off tonight (October 8th) with a gala screening of The Imitation Game, the new drama which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, the tortured genius who helped win Word War II for the allies by cracking Nazi-Germany’s notorious Enigma code.

We caught a screening earlier today and have rounded up five reasons why you’ll love this new thriller…

Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance is worthy of an Oscar…

He’s not a dead cert to get the trophy, but this film will almost certainly score the actor an Oscar nomination because his performance is absolutely stunning. His portrayal of Turing, who was a troubled and deeply complicated man, is incredible, mixing the arrogance and hubris that comes with a man who knew damn well he was a genius, with the world weariness and deep unhappiness that was at the heart of Turing, flickering below the surface. It’s a total tour de force.

The supporting cast are on top form…

So much of the talk around this film will be about Cumberbatch’s performance, and rightly so, but he’s ably assisted by a superb supporting cast. Matthew Goode is particularly excellent as Hugh Alexander, the chess champion who Turing ousted as head of the team trying to crack enigma, but Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and a menacing Charles Dance also deliver excellent performances.

It’s a period drama, but pulls no punches…

The Imitation Game is a lovely looking film, lots of period detail, lavish locations and gorgeous set design, but this is no costume drama. There’s power and passion in the writing and the niceties are put to one side.

The script is excellent…

The film is largely set during Turing’s time at Bletchley Park, trying to crack Enigma, but also cuts between scenes from his difficult school days and his latter years, during the period where he was prosecuted for homosexuality by the police. Graham Moore’s script is taut and manages the jumps between time periods superbly.

This is a celebration of Alan Turing, but not a whitewash…

Alan Turing is a man to whom everyone in mainland Europe owes a great debt, and this is a very loving portrayal of him, taking great care to point out the difficulty of the task he and his fellow codebreakers faced and just how many lives were saved by their efforts. However, the film does not shy away from showing Turing’s dark side, his inability to make friends, his abrasive manner and his total inability to suffer fools. This is a well-rounded portrait of a complex man.

And I think the most important thing about Benedict’s portrayal is that it’s not… big. It’s not in your face. I think it stands out but not for the lack of trying to blend in. How’s that for a paradox? It’s a beautifully understated and measured performance. The like of which I’ve seen Gary Oldman do in TTSS. There’s so much happening behind those eyes. Just like Alan. While there has obviously been traits that have been fictionalised for the screen, he’s captured Alan incredibly well.
There’s literally one gripe I have with the film. The ending is too rushed. I think longer could have been taken to really hammer home how disgustingly this wonderful man was treated. Though I am immensely grateful we didn’t see his suicide or even just a shot of his lifeless body. I was already sobbing. That would’ve ended me completely.

(Source: dreamandsmileblog)

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