I’m delighted to announce that the Take Tea With Turing interactive digital anthology is newly available as a free download for android devices (smartphone & tablet), thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of one of the contributors, Christos Christodouloupoulos.
The anthology brings together digital music, video, audio and text inspired by the life and legacy of Alan Turing. It was developed as an iOS app as part of the 2012 centenerary celebrations of Turing’s birth. The idea came from my Leverhulme Trust writer in residence position at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh (2011/12).
Visit the anthology website to read short biographies of the 36 contributors and marvel at the mixture of backgrounds — from award winning writers to esteemed academics — and to download the app.
The app can be navigated in two main ways. One is a traditional index (by author surname or title of piece, alphabetically), the other is by using the camera function of your device on one of three marker-images to unlock a piece of content on shuffle. Some of the contributions come in multiple formats, and are accompanied by short essays by the author on the aspect of Turing’s legacy which inspired it.
Alan Turing is considered by many to be the father of modern computing: the ‘Turing Test’ is still used as a marker for comparing machine and human intelligence. Turing’s work in mathematics, logic, cryptography, morphogenesis and computer science continues to inform contemporary research in these fields. However, Turing was also prosecuted for being homosexual, underwent chemical castration, and died from cyanide poisoning shortly before his 42nd birthday; an inquest determined that he committed suicide. He is perhaps best known outside of academic and computing circles for his work at Bletchley Park during WW2, but readers of his many biographies will also know him as a keen runner, chess player, and ceaselessly curious investigator into the human condition.