Talk:Alan Turing

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Central Limit Theorem[edit]

Lindeberg's proof of the CLT was well-known by the time Turing rediscovered it. He was permitted to submit his original proof in spite of this; the arbiters of the King's fellowship certainly would have been well aware. This passage: "Unknown to the committee, the theorem had already been proven, in 1922, by Jarl Waldemar Lindeberg" is inaccurate. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:14, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Edit Request[edit]

In the "Recognition and tributes" > "Tributes by universities and research institutions", please change: "The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne has a road and a square named after Alan Turing (Chemin de Alan Turing and Place de Alan Turing)" to: "The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne has a road and a square named after Alan Turing (Chemin Alan Turing and Place Alan Turing)"

(remove the 'de' after Chemin and Place)

Please also change the link at ref 157 to: ""

thanks - — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fredjunod (talkcontribs) 14:46, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

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Yes check.svg Done. Thanks for having noticed. - DVdm (talk) 15:00, 7 December 2016 (UTC)


The article currently says:

At the time, there was acute public anxiety about homosexual entrapment of spies by Soviet agents,[112] because of the recent exposure of the first two members of the Cambridge Five, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, as KGB double agents.

At the time of Turing's trial (1952), Burgess and Maclean were known as the "missing diplomats". There was no official acknowledgement that they were spies until they reappeared in Moscow in 1956. Burgess was gay, but I don't think this was commonly known in the early 1950s. And there was no suggestion of entrapment. John Vassall was apparently blackmailed into spying, but he was caught in 1962. The text seems to be anachronistic and to be irrelevant to Turing.--Jack Upland (talk) 03:27, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

There, being no objections, I have removed this.--Jack Upland (talk) 02:25, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

Second Law of Thermodynamics Applied to Living Systems[edit]

After my first inclusion was removed, I added this one, which sounds better--less like idle speculation. Marvin Marmalade (talk) 00:28, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 26 February 2017[edit]

In the "Pattern formation and mathematical biology" section, in the first sentence, change "Jamuary" to January. Michaeleason (talk) 05:29, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Done.--Jack Upland (talk) 06:42, 26 February 2017 (UTC)