Saturday, June 23, 2012

Turing and the Turing award

According to Wikipedia, Alan Turing is known for the following achievements: Halting problem, Turing machine, Cryptanalysis of the Enigma, Automatic Computing Engine, Turing Award, Turing Test, Turing patterns.

So, Turing is known for the Turing award? Isn't that a little like saying that Washington is known for the city of Washington D.C.? That is, isn't it like saying that Turing is known for being known?


  1. Andy Warhol was known mostly for his notoriety.
    Are you trying to say that Alan Turing was any different?

  2. Now I undersdand! In light of Turing's work on the halting problem, the self-reference is of course perfectly appropriate.


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