Vimeo Notes: More on the LEGO Turing Machine here: legoturingmachine.org/
Alan Turing was a brilliant mathematician who helped define the theoretical model of the computer as we know it today. He was a visionary, one of the few people of his time who recognized the role the computer would play for humanity.
The Turing Machine (1936) is an adequate model of a computer. It can do anything the computers of today or tomorrow can do.
Saturday would have been the 100th birthday of Alan Turing, the English mathematician widely regarded as the father of computer science. Among his many contributions to the world is the Turing machine, a device that helped define two fundamental ideas for the Information Age: algorithm and computation.
The machine, as Turing described in 1936, uses an infinite strip of tape with various symbols printed on it. As the tape goes through the machine, the machine reacts to each symbol according to predetermined rules. The concept is used to explain the logic of computer algorithms and helps us understand what is capable of being computed.