29 Mar 2010

Alan Turing and The Lego of Doom

It seems only fitting that my first blog post should hark back to the founder of modern computer science, Alan Turing. I I came across this article in the Spectrum magazine that highlighted Mike Davey's DIY Turing machine.   The Spectrum article includes a video showing his Turing machine in action:

It is a simply amazing piece of hardware, and a great help in visualizing what Turing had in mind when he wrote his seminal Computer Science paper.  Though I still prefer the Lego of Doom version:

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