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Amazing Minds Series: Alan Turing, the Nazi Code Breaker.
Where would the world be today without Alan Turing's first computer?
This is the 2nd in a series of classes about men who had amazing mathematical minds. This class will briefly talk about WWII and the German's ability to create codes for intelligence and communications. We will discuss the massive mathematical problems, faced by the Allies, in trying to decode the messages. We'll talk about Turing's genius mathematical skills, his frustration with his own government and his concept of the first computer that would break the German codes.
After working in Engineering, the practical word of math and science, I wish to help students become familiar, not only some of the brilliant people who moved the world forward, but see that where we are today is the result of the lives and sacrifices of each of them.
1 file available upon enrollmentI will provide all of the videos and weblinks prior to class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I do not specifically talk about anti-Semitism or the details of homosexuality in this class. I do mention Alan Turing's sexual orientation, as it lead to him being restricted from his job and his incarceration in his home. Homosexuality was a crime. I use his treatment by society, to stress the loss of a very gifted man, to look at how the computer age might have progressed faster, and to make the students aware of the possible effects to mankind of singling people out for any reason.
Meet the teacher
Love, Live and Learn! A little about me: I grew up in Western Nebraska. I have always loved learning of all kinds, and am a voracious reader. My education is too numerous to mention and I am still a Big Red, Nebraska fan. My purpose in teaching...
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