Category: People

The Science Museum’s Alan Turing exhibition

A beautiful mind
Jun 21st 2012, 22:11 by T.C. | LONDON
Babbage ~ The Economist

LIKE artists, many scientists do not achieve the fame they deserve until after they are dead. Alan Turing, the British mathematician best-known for his codebreaking exploits at Bletchley Park during the second world war, and for fathering the information age, is a perfect example. The secret nature of his wartime work and the rarefied abstractness of his best-known papers – as well as his 1952 conviction for homosexual sex, which was illegal at the time – conspired to keep him relatively little-known for decades after his suicide in 1954.
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Unfixable Computers Are Leading Humanity Down a Perilous Path

By Kyle

I’ve been writing about Apple and the value of repair for the better part of the last decade. Repair is our mission at iFixit — and it always has been. Even so, I didn’t expect the scale of the public response when I argued last week that consumers should choose the hackable, fixable non-Retina MacBook Pro over its sleeker-and-shinier-but-locked-down sibling.
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Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight


Remembering Roger Boisjoly: He Tried To Stop Shuttle Challenger Launch

by Howard Berkes
NPR

Roger Boisjoly was a booster rocket engineer at NASA contractor Morton Thiokol in Utah in January, 1986, when he and four colleagues became embroiled in the fatal decision to launch the Space Shuttle Challenger.

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Why Black Market Entrepreneurs Matter to the World Economy

By Robert Capps
Wired January 2012

Not many people think of shantytowns, illegal street vendors, and unlicensed roadside hawkers as major economic players. But according to journalist Robert Neuwirth, that’s exactly what they’ve become.
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Alain de Botton – Atheism 2.0


The Next Revolution in Beauty

Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.


Hubert Sumlin, guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf, dies at 80


Hubert Sumlin put the bite behind Howlin’ Wolf.

And he then influenced a new pack of electric blues and rock guitarists.

Mr. Sumlin died Sunday in a hospital in Wayne, N.J., reportedly of heart failure. He had turned 80 on Nov. 16. Mr. Sumlin was best known as lead guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Burnett) from 1953 until Wolf’s death in 1976.

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Interveiw — Harlan Ellison

by John Krewson September 16, 1998

“Goddammit! The world is just filling up with more and more idiots! And the computer is giving them access to the world! They’re spreading their stupidity! At least they were contained before—now they’re on the loose everywhere!”

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Stanley Kubrick – The Works