Science and Creativity from Studio 360: the art of innovation. A sculpture unlocks a secret of cell structure, a tornado forms in a can, and a child's toy gets sent into orbit. Exploring science as a creative act since 2005. Produced by PRI and WNYC, and supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Alan Turing might be best known today for the Turing test, but during World War II, he cracked the Nazi’s “Enigma” code at Britain’s top-secret spy center Bletchley Park, significantly speeding the Allied victory. He also helped invent modern computing. In the 1950s, he was persecuted for homosexuality in Britain, and he died under mysterious circumstances. As late as 2001, the film Enigma left Turing out of the story of the code breakers at Bletchley Park, replacing him with a heterosexual mathematician-hero. But many writers and artists have taken note of the tragic arc of Turing’s story, and he’s becoming more than a groundbreaking mathematician. He’s becoming an almost mythic figure. …read more