Lego Turing Machine

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A moving tribute to the father of computer science.

This working Turing Machine was built by Jeroen van den Bos and Davy Landman at CWI in Amsterdam in honour of the centenary of Alan Turing's birth on 23 June 1912.

The original device was described as an "a(utomatic)-machine" by Turing in 1936 and intended as hypothetical device representing a computing machine rather than a practical computer technology.

The mechanism manipulates symbols on a tape according to a table of rules (its "program"). The tape acts as the computer’s memory allowing the machine to simulate the logic of any computer algorithm.

Find out more about the Alan Turing Centenary Year here.

If you want more Lego computers, here's a 2000 year old mechanism built from the tiny plastic bricks.   

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Engineering, Maths, Technology

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Demo
Published:
2012
Filmed:
2012
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