Days to Centenary: 261
In my last post I noted that Alan Turing’s legacy sometimes turns up in the strangest places. In that case it was in the world of philanthropy — here it’s the world of humour.
Killjoys may argue that videos like this one have no place in a meaningful review of Turing’s legacy, but friends report that Turing had a sense of humour about even the darkest, most serious things — including (at times) about the events that led to his undoing.
In honour of Alan Turing’s deep and abiding sense of humour, then, I present Epic Rap Battles of Advanced Mathematics: Alan Turing vs. Kurt Gödel. Besides, it’s a well executed bit of musical humour, with nods to Turing’s war work, his stutter, his sexuality, his fascination with the story of Sleeping Beauty, and the infamous apple — so enjoy.
Personally, I think Turing pwns Gödel, but then I may be biased. If you disagree, do it by email at email@example.com.