In addition to essentially inventing the computer, Alan Turing also broke the German Enigma Code during World War II which paved the way for the D-Day invasion. The man was a hyper-genius. I’ve read descriptions of his work by mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose. He’s been a hero of mine ever since.
The level of thought required to come up with the stuff he came up with is totally beyond my comprehension. I actually did not even know about his orientation until much later. He was prosecuted and ordered to undergo chemical castration. Soon thereafter, he committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple.
The government forced him to take estrogen as a punishment (or “cure”?). He began to develop breasts and other side effects.
He committed suicide by biting into a cyanide laced apple. This is supposedly the inspiration for the name/logo of Apple computers.
and old Apple computers
the apple was a rainbow
Reblogging again because more people need to know about Turing dammit.
THE RAINBOW HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS DUDE. UGH I JUST…
Guys, come on. GOOGLE THINGS before you repost.
The Apple icon was created in 1976, m’kay? 1976.
The Rainbow Flag representing the gay community was designed by a dude in San Francisco in 1978.
TWO YEARS after the Apple rainbow icon.
So unless there was some awesome Back to the Future shit happening there, the rainbow apple has NOTHING to do with Mr. Turing.
It’s a very old tech myth. The rainbow part of the apple was really more about showing off that they had COLOR monitors with their computers starting with the Apple II (yes, sad, I know), and even before then I’m pretty sure you could hook it up to a TV & get some color…I think. Honestly, we were an IBM PC family. But yeah, loads of tech companies had rainbow logos at the time.
Look, a CNN article all about it: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/06/opinion/apple-logo/
Swear to God, I will reblog and correct this junk every time it crosses my dash. We live in a world rife with urban legends and junk. It’s HILARIOUS to me that we have them about computers of all things. :P