Turing's legacy and computer science at Princeton
In this video Andrew Appel, chair of the department of computer science, discusses Alan Turing's legacy. Considered the father of computer science, Turing earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton in 1938.
Appel '81 is the editor of a new edition of Turing's Princeton Ph.D. thesis, just issued by Princeton University Press.
Princeton hosted a conference May 10-12 in honor of the centennial of Turing's birth. Featured speakers included Google executive Eric Schmidt '76 and eight winners of the Turing Award (the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in the field of computing).
In addition to Schmidt, speakers included internet pioneer Robert Kahn *64, James D. Murray on mathematical biology, Barbara Liskov of MIT on in modern programming languages, Ronald Rivest of MIT on cryptography, Leslie G. Valiant of Harvard on computing as a natural science, Andrew Chi-Chih Yao of Tsinghua University on quantum computing, and Gödel Prize winner Avi Wigderson *83 of the Institute for Advanced Study.
Speakers discussed Turing’s legacy as well as the future of computing.
Video by Zach Donnell.
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