On 8 January 2012 04:57, John Clark <johnkcl...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Yes Turing was persecuted but his unjust treatment was caused by his privet
> life and had nothing to do with his scientific ideas.

Interesting...I didn't know that Turing was persecuted for his
unpopular views about hedging.

David


> From Wikipedia:
>
>> > "Turing's homosexuality resulted in a criminal prosecution in 1952, when
>> > homosexual acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom. He accepted
>> > treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to
>> > prison. He died in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, from
>> > cyanide poisoning."
>
>
> Yes Turing was persecuted but his unjust treatment was caused by his privet
> life and had nothing to do with his scientific ideas. If Turing had been a
> famous athlete he would have been in just as much trouble, and if he'd been
> a well known literary figure and wit he would have been in even more trouble
> because they tend to make more powerful enemies than mathematicians; just
> ask Oscar Wilde.
>
>   John K Clark
>
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