Another runner-up, a new movie.
The imitation game tells the story of Alan Turing, a British mathematician who was credited with helping his country and Allies win the second world war. In addition, Turing is also known as the father of modern computer and the leader of artificial intelligence research.
Although less famous than Albert Einstein or even Stephen Hawking, Turing arguably changed the world more than any other 20th-century figure. During the second world war, he cracked the so-called cannot decipher the German “mystery” code, conceptualization and invented, or at least what he called the “universal machine” or “logic computing machines”. We shorten these to “computers”.
A lot has been written about how long-distance running can open up creative breakthroughs. In an article in the New York times in 1999, novelist Joyce carol oates wrote: “running! If there is any activity that is happier, more exciting, and more nourishing to the imagination, I can’t figure out what it looks like. Flies in the mind with the body; The mysterious weathering of the language seems to pulsate in the brain, with our feet and wobbles or the rhythm of our arms. ”
An anecdote of Turing’s life is the best example of oates’s thesis. In the summer of 1936, Turing often enjoyed the leisurely pace of leisure, feeling his brain began to fill with new computational ideas. They proved so overwhelming that he turned his back on himself in the apple orchard and became more absorbed. So the modern computer was born.
Turing clearly enjoyed a long period of time and a long bike ride. According to his biographer, Andrew Hodges, Turing “would marvel at his colleagues by attending scientific meetings and use public transport to defeat the traveler”. After world war ii, Turing didn’t start training and serious competition. In 1947, when he was in his 30s, he won the fifth place in the British national marathon championship at 2:46:03. In the same year, he recorded a 10-mile road with a record of 54:43. He hopes to become Britain’s Olympic team in 1948, but the injury scares him.
In 1952, the gay man Turing was found living with another man and then committing a criminal offence in the UK. At the trial, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison or “chemical castration” – estrogen pills and injections. He chose the latter. Two years later, at age 42, he died, apparently committing suicide. A half – cyanide apple was found beside him.
At that time, Turing’s contribution to the war was unknown, although king George vi awarded him the order of the British empire in 1945 for his wartime service. It was not until he died that the secret was preserved, and it was not until 1974 that the complete archive of his work was released. “During the war the authorities did not know that Turing was a gay man, a good thing, -codebreakers. “Because if they do, they’ll fire him and we’ll lose it.”
In 2009, British prime minister Gordon brown made a public apology, pointing out “the appalling way the true war hero has suffered”. In 2012, the house of lords granted Turing a pardon, and in December queen Elizabeth ii gave him an official “royal pardon.” ”
His Club member, the Walton Athletic Club, describes Turing as follows: “he looks different from the other guys. He was plain dressed, with good quality, but no creases. He propped his trousers up with a tie. If he wore a tie, he never tied a knot. And his hair was just stuck in the back. “When Turing company rides a bicycle to wear a gas mask to prevent allergies. In the office, he tied the teacup to the radiator, so no one could steal it.
Rotten Tomatoes, a film review site, gave high scores to the imitation game, with 94 percent of the mainstream audience commenting favorably. The official trailer shows British actor Benedict cumberbatch as Turing, dancing dramatically, but wearing a suit in a dramatic scene. That sounds right for a marathon runner.