University of Kansas professors Steve Goddard and Perry Alexander explore the world of the brilliant mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Widely regarded as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Turing worked for the British unit that during World War II broke the Enigma Code used by the German Navy to transmit secret messages. He also created the Turing Machine, which employed the notion of the algorithm and laid the foundation of modern computing.
The presentation by Goddard, senior curator at KU's Spencer Museum of Art and professor of art history, and Alexander, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is inspired by Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing, the Spencer Museum's current exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Turing's birth.
Drawn from the Spencer's permanent collections, Cryptograph features works that resonate with the kinds of questions that drove Turing's research: finding meaning in patterns, and finding connections between mathematics and computing, intelligence and natural form.
Goddard offers an introduction to the exhibition and Alexander discusses the idea of "a just machine" to introduce what Turing and his colleagues were after in the mechanization of reasoning.
Admission is free. The event will be preceded by a 6 p.m. reception. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
This event is co-sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art, Biodiversity Institute, and Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at the University of Kansas.