ALAN TURING JAHR 2012
TCAC Germany Subcommittee
Science has been a powerful link between the UK and Germany,
sometimes taking the form of rivalry (most famously, Leibniz and Newton),
sometimes more supportive (as with Dirac and Heisenberg).
With Alan Turing the link was a peculiarly strong one,
played out daily in the confines of wartime Bletchley Park;
through the key independent roles of Turing and Zuse in the history of the
computer; and even personally through Turing's meetings with German
emigré Dietrich Prinz (educated at Berlin University, where his
teachers included Planck and Einstein), and their common interest in the
programming of early computers to play chess.
The Turing centenary is a genuinely international celebration
of the science associated with Turing and his contemporaries,
TCAC Germny Subcommittee aims to liaise with the Alan Turing Jahr
Coordinating Committee and more widely publicise its
2012 activities. The TCAC Germany subcommittee
will be informal and inclusive, and will creatively
complement the work of the ATJ organisers.