Special presentation of CODEBREAKER September 2013!

The Northeast Ohio chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery, in conjunction with the YSU Computer Science Department, the YSU chapter of ACM, and CTEST Laboratories, will present the drama-documentary CODEBREAKER, on September 12, 2013. This event is open to all students, as well as the public. You may register, or find more information, for the movie at www.neoacmchapter.org.

CODEBREAKER, a drama-documentary, is about the heroic life, death, and legacy of Alan Turing, one of the 20th century’s most important scientists. Few people have heard his name, know his story, or understand his legacy. Turing was a British mathematician and logician, who made major contributions to mathematics, cryptanalysis, logic, philosophy, and biology. He also laid the foundations for computer and cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and artificial life—thus laying the foundation for our modern society. Turing’s crucial involvement in breaking the German Navy’s Enigma Code during World War II is accredited by historians in helping to shorten the war by two years, and thereby saving millions of lives.

Considering Turing’s wide influence, this film is ideal for students of a wide variety of academic disciplines including computer science, mathematics, engineering, informatics, information security, biology, and history. His contributions were vast, crossing many disciplines, connecting and establishing new ones; yet, he is still not well known amongst those specializations. In 1952, British police arrested him for having a relationship with another man. Eventually he was forced to undergo chemical castration to “fix” his sexual orientation. Tragically, this great mind, two years after his arrest, committed suicide at age 41.

This special screening will enlighten students about the contributions of Alan Turing. All who attend will be inspired to value diversity in our profession and in our world.


The poster for the event.