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Alan M. Turing, Second Edition by Lyn Irvine, John F. Turing, Sara Turing

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At the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington

On release from his duties at the Foreign Office Alan was offered a Cambridge University lectureship, which he declined since his attention was becoming focussed on computing machinery. Before the war he had already begun to build a computer of his own with wider scope, he hoped, than those then in operation. It was natural, therefore, that his aim should be to see his logical theory of a universal machine, previously set out in his paper “Computable Numbers” (published in 1937), take concrete form in an actual machine. On submission to the Government of the outline of his design for such a machine he was taken on to the staff of the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington, and became a ...

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