Google Doodle Celebrates Alan Turing’s 100th Birthday
Search giant Google has turned its homepage “doodle” into a Turing machine in honor of British mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing.
The Google Doodle has been replaced with an interactive animation of a Turing machine to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing.
A Turing machine is a device that manipulates symbols on a strip of tape according to a table of rules. Despite its simplicity, a Turing machine can be adapted to simulate the logic of any computer algorithm, and is particularly useful in explaining the functions of a CPU inside a computer.
The “Turing” machine was described by Alan Turing in 1936, who called it an “a(utomatic)-machine”. The Turing machine is not intended as a practical computing technology, but rather as a hypothetical device representing a computing machine. Turing machines help computer scientists understand the limits of mechanical computation.
Alan Turing also regarded as the father of computing and artificial intelligence is best known for his contribution to cracking the German Enigma codes during the World War II with the creation of early computers such as the bombe.