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“CODEBREAKER”:

A FILM ABOUT ALAN TURING-

AT YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY


Northeast Ohio Professional Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (NEOACM), in association with the Youngstown State University's Student ACM and Computer Science Department sponsored a college screening of a drama-documentary on the life of Alan Turing titled CODEBREAKER.  Patrick Sammon, the Executive Producer and Creator of CODEBREAKER, attended this screening to introduce the film and provide Q & A afterward.  This screening was free and open to the public and took place on September 12, 2013 at the Williamson Auditorium on Youngstown State University's campus.


This drama-documentary is about the heroic life, death, and legacy of Alan Turing, one of the 20th century's most influential scientists, yet 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 naval Enigma code during World War II is accredited by historians in helping shorten the war by two years and saving millions of lives. Tragically, this great mind only lived 41 years. In 1952, British police arrested him for having a relationship with another man. Two years, Turing committed due to events surrounding his arrest.


Considering Turing's wide influence, this film was ideal to be watched by students and professionals of a wide variety of disciplines including computer science, mathematics, engineering, informatics, information security, biology, and history. 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of Alan Turing's birth. Universities, technology centers, and professional associations worldwide celebrated by honoring his legacy. This special screening enlightened a well-varied audience and inspired them to value diversity in their profession and in our world.


Our sponsors and supporters were:

Youngstown State University Computer Science Department

Youngstown State University STEM College

Youngstown State University Dr. James Dale Ethics Center

Youngstown State University Student Government Association

Youngstown State University Student Chapter ACM

Home Savings and Loan

Huntington Bank

IMDS Corporation

CTEST Laboratories

iRobot

Equality Ohio

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland




“The idea behind digital computers may be explained by saying that these machines are intended to carry out any operations which could be done by a human computer.”


Alan Turing