Alan TURING : From the formal language to the living forms

In 1912, Poincaré died and Turing was born. If almost everything opposes them (their characters, their careers, their approach of mathematics, their predilection topics) the respective profiles of those two men admirably illustrates mathematicial diversity. This exhibition was set up by the Henri Poincaré Institute, as a mirror of the celebrations for the centenary of the death of the mathematician Henri Poincaré.

Alan Turing would have turned 100 on the 23rd of June 2012. In spite of his short life, he remains one of the greatest English thinkers of the 20th Century as he contributed to 3 major domains: mathematical logic, computer sciences and biology.

He is at the same time the father of computer science, the creator of the eponym machine “Turing machine” and the agent who was at the service of British Intelligence and who played a key role in the decoding of the secret German codes, which was a determining act in the outcome of the 2nd World War.

His ideas contributed to shaping today’s world through computer science, artificial intelligence, the mathematical establishment of a pattern of the living and the philosophical reflection regarding essential knowledge and life issues.

Come and discover the enthralling story of Alan Turing. You will be immersed in the atmosphere of the inventive and  victorious England of the early 20th Century thanks to eighteen boards, numerous photographs, distinctive machines from his time and a documentary that will help you understand the most important things of this intellectual journey.

This exhibition can be presented on its own or in mirror with the exhibition “Henri Poincaré: from mathematician to philosopher”. In such a case, a mobile board explains the links that unite those two great scientific pioneers.

Watch the first boards of the exhibition

Commissioners of the exhibition: Marc Monticelli and Pierre Mounier-Kuhn, with the participation of Gilles Dowek and Jean Mairesse
Guidance committee: under the direction of Cédric Villani and Jean Pierre Bourguignon
Scenography: Ghasideh Golmakani
Communication and coordination: Delphine Demols and Chloé Lepart
Page setting and script: Julien Fournigault
Illustration: Claude Gondard