Happy 100th, Alan Turing!
Any math wiz, computer scientist or World War II cryptography buff is likely familiar with Alan Turing, the early 20th century mathematician who broke the German Enigma and invented the modern computer. Were he still alive, he’d be one hundred today.
One of his most famous and still taught inventions is the Turing machine, a (usually) theoretical computer that manipulates a tape using a set of rules and – given time and infinite tape – can basically perform any modern computer algorithm imaginable.
Well, the Turing machine just got a lot more tangible thanks to Jeroen van den Bos and Davy Landman, who built one in LEGO to celebrate the birthday. See the video. Thank you Jeroen, Davy and of course Alan.