Codebreaker

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Codebreaker

Codebreaker

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Alan Turing Film Trailer

Codebreaker

Screening and Discussion
(Clare Beavan, 2011)

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 4 PM

Codebreaker is an award-winning drama-documentary recording the brilliance — and the destruction — of one of the 20th century’s greatest minds, Alan Turing. Turing was the genius British mathematician who was instrumental in breaking the German Naval Enigma code during World War II, saving millions of lives. He was also the visionary scientist who gave birth to the computer age, pioneered artificial intelligence, and was the first to investigate the mathematical underpinnings of the living world. Instead of recognition for his genius, Alan Turing was driven to a terrible despair and early death—by the nation he had done so much to save. Turing ended up being treated as a common criminal, simply for being homosexual at a time when it was illegal.

Codebreaker details the highs and lows of Turing’s life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishmentsand his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954.A question and answer session with executive producer Patrick Sammon follows the film.

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

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