When All Is Said And Done For Alan Turing – Saturday 24 January 2015

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Turing stands alongside Churchill, Eisenhower, and a short glory-list of other wartime principals as a leading figure in the Allied victory over Hitler. 

Some historians estimate that Bletchley Park’s massive codebreaking operation, especially the breaking of U-boat Enigma, shortened the war in Europe by as many as two to four years.

If U-boat Enigma had not been broken, and the war had continued for another two to three years, a further 14 to 21 million people might have been killed.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18419691

 

The inquest decided that Turing had killed himself using cyanide. A partially eaten apple was by his side in bed but as it was never tested it’s impossible to say if it was laced with poison as has been suggested. 

An alternative interpretation is that he inhaled or ingested cyanide by accident during a chemistry experiment. But Turing’s first biographer Andrew Hodges believes the verdict was accurate.

“I started my research in 1977 only a decade after homosexual acts became legal in England and Wales,” says Hodges. “Some people were still ill-at-ease at that point contemplating Alan’s sexuality. Sixty years ago Alan Turing was subjected to chemical castration for the crime of being gay. It’s shocking now.

“How he would have loved to see the changes in terms of same-sex equality. He received a royal pardon last year but how terrible he didn’t live to see a more civilised nation emerge.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27701207

  

 

 

 

 

 

When all is said and done

From the November 2000 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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When looking back on a moment ago or years gone by—
The words let out, the thoughts that ruled, the patterns spun—
What will fill the heart with peace, and satisfy?

The merciful, who love and live to sanctify
Earth’s varied scenes, will have a bliss outshined by none,
When looking back on a moment ago or years gone by.

The pure in heart, intently true, can prophesy
In the solid now and through their lives show everyone
What will fill the heart with peace, and satisfy.

The one who mourns with honest remorse, will testify
To valleys missed or paths delayed or peaks not won,
When looking back on a moment ago or years gone by.

This poor in spirit, now feeling his need, will patiently strive
For the highest good the sooner to find, with new joys begun,
What will fill the heart with peace, and satisfy.

Telling moments take our measure then instantly fly;
But freshly at hand is the promising now, to improve upon.
When looking back on a moment ago or years gone by,
What will fill the heart with peace, and satisfy?

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