There are several people who are worthy of being called a truly influential part of history. However, only one man deserves to be called the Greatest Icon of the 20th Century. Apparently, Alan Turing has been given the title and people agree that he truly deserves it.
Alan Turing was one of the people nominated for the title in the BBC Two show Icons. The mathematician was up against legends like Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr., David Bowie, and Pablo Picasso, all of which were truly influential in the past 100 years. However, viewers ultimately chose Turing as the Greatest Icon of the 20th Century. After all, he is credited for shortening the Second World War and saving countless lives.
Turing is said to be the man who saved the world twice in a single day.
Born in London, England on June 23, 1912, Alan Turing immediately showed signs of genius as a young boy. He is considered to be the father of artificial intelligence. In addition to that, he helped in the development of theoretical computer science. To do so, Turing provided a formalization of the concepts of algorithm and computation through the Turing Machine, a future model for the modern computer.
During World War II, Turing worked with the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking center. He managed to decipher coded messages from the Nazis and helped in giving the Allies an edge during the war.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’.
His contribution to humankind went beyond being an amazing scientist. The gay Turing is also cited by the LGBTQ community as an icon who chose to embrace his own sexuality although it was illegal to be homosexual in the UK at the time. After being arrested for gross indecency in 1952, Turing chose chemical castration over prison. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1954.
Turing’s life has been made into a movie The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch played the mathematician in the film. Hopefully, his new title as Greatest Icon of the 20th Century will show the younger generation that saving lives is more important than fame.
Why Leaving A Toxic Relationship Is Okay, Even If They’re Family
Do you deal with toxic people, even family members? It’s okay to leave if it’s not helping you as a person.
There are people who make our lives miserable and toxic. The sad part is, some of these people are family. How do you solve this dilemma? Is it okay to leave a toxic person or relationship, even if the person is a family member?
Of course, a family is important in anyone's life. The family members are the ones who are supposed to be with you through ups and down, support your life decisions, and know what's best for you or what will make you happy. However, some people aren't lucky enough to have this kind of people in their lives.
Here are the reasons why it's okay to leave a toxic family member or have a little space from them....
Geologist Gets Revenge On Neighbors Who Blocked Her Car With A Huge Boulder
“[They] forgot I am a geologist.”
What would you do if there was a huge boulder blocking your car preventing you from getting to work? Most of us would probably call on a few friends to move the thing away. However, one geologist took matters into her own hands and got back at the drunk neighbors who tried to get her into trouble in the first place.
Melissa Scruggs is a volcanology Ph. D. candidate who has been dealing with rowdy neighbors in the past year. Although her neighbors were usually considerate, things got out of hand when they had a big party. A huge boulder that had been meant to keep the fence steady was inexplicably moved right in front of Scruggs' car. Unfortunately, this could prevent her from going to work that morning.
This could be the worst thing to wake up to, unless you're a geologist.
Dad Mocks His Son For Joining LEGO Robotics Tournament, Netizens Immediately Take Him Down
“You’ve never seen this many depressed fathers in one place. We’re all thinking, ‘Other kids play football..'”
When a child decides to pursue his or her passion, having their parents behind them can definitely make a big difference. Supportive dads and moms can be a source of motivation and inspiration really motivate as children do their best to achieve their full potential.
That's why it's always saddening when we see scenarios where it's the parents themselves that discourage their children from fulfilling their dreams. Case in point, one father recently earned the ire of numerous netizens on social media after he showed a lack of enthusiasm - even embarrassment - about his son who joined the LEGO robotics tournament.