Alan Turing & the machine


Alan Turing was born on June 23 1912 at 5:10 pm in London England. He was the son of a civil servant, and at educated a public school in England where his his genius in mathematics was apparent.

The Vertex is in the sixth house of Turing’s horoscope showing how when he work was taken from him he became very despondent and suicidal. Kurt Godel, another mathematician mentioned in this essay, fell into the same depression when Nazi Germany annexed Austria because of his close associations with his mentor Han Hahn, a prominent Jewish intellectual and leader of the Vienna Circle, and the prevailing belief he was also a Jew, and started to starve himself to death. Luckily for Godel, his marriage Adele Nimbursky,  got him out of Vienna and eventually to the safety of Princeton where he befriended Albert Einstein, but via Siberia.

Enter the machine

At nineteen Turing entered the University of Cambridge, Cambridge England, graduating in 1934 with a fellowship at King’s College for his research in probability theory. His paper “On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem [ Decision Problem of Austrian mathematician Kurt Godel published in 1931 at the University of Vienna that itself was a response to David Hilbert’s papers in 1921. Hilbert was the  founder of the “formalist” approach in Philosophy of Mathematics & advocated in 1921 that a researchers’ primary aim should be to establish mathematics on a solid and universal basis because of statements that could logically deduced because of their inherent truth. (“predicate” logic).

Alonzo Church at Princeton University, [Princeton, New Jersey] recommended Turing’s response despite his own published paper on the same topic and same conclusion because of Turing’s invention of the Turing machine to prove his conclusion. This machine (a reiterative logic machine similar in idea to the manual adding machine except that it reiteratively processed algorithms) is considered the forerunner of the “computer.”

A 1920’s adding machine.

Turing’s paper had an incredible effect on the scientific/mathematical community and he moved to Princeton for his Ph. D in mathematical logic under Church’s direction. He completed his studies in 1938 right before the outset of World War II.

Astrologically Turing

Turing is a Splay temperament type with a Grand Trine in Air (Gemini in the 12th, Uranus in the 8th and the Moon in the 5th). He has a preponderance of Quintiles in his chart — or the ability to create order and pattern out of nothing. Two others with this preponderance is Marc Edmund Jones and Professor Donald Knuth, a recipient of the A.C.M. Alan Turing Award — aka the Nobel Prize of Computer Science.

The quintile preponderance is found in people who have a a fascination with patterns and structures, tend to be perfectionists and who have a desire to build or make things. John Addey’s work on the 5th Harmonic was a major factor in exploring this zodiacal division first discovered by Johannes Kepler.

Footnote:

  • The RicR is the Richenda (Ricki) Reeves’ 165 aspect since what to call it is much debated — see Lynn Koiner and Philip Graves on their preferred names and a Qdec is Kepler’s 24 degree angle.

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