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Alan Turing and Morphogenesis

Manchester Literature Festival celebrates Litmus with Comma Press

Published on October 21st 2011.

Alan Turing and Morphogenesis

TO mark the publication of Litmus, Comma's latest science-into-fiction project, Manchester’s Literature and Science Festivals is to deliver an event inspired by the life and work of one of Britain's greatest scientists, Alan Turing.

Having laid the foundations for modern computers, cracked the German Enigma codes, and performed seminal work on artificial intelligence, Turing worked until his death on the mysteries of life – on morphogenesis. 

Jane Rogers reads her specially commissioned short story for Litmus, discusses the influences on Turing's life, and considers the wider relationship between science and literature with consultant scientist Martyn Amos. 

Sunday 23 October, 2pm Madlab, 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester, £5 or £3 concession.  

Jane Rogers has written eight novels including Mr Wroe's VirginsIslandThe Voyage Home and most recently The Testament of Jessie Lamb (longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize), as well as original and adapted work for television and radio drama.  

Dr Martyn Amos leads the Novel Computation group at Manchester Metropolitan University. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer science and the life sciences, and include synthetic biology, nature-inspired algorithms and crowd dynamics.

For more details click here: www.commapress.co.uk 


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Alan Turing as early as age nine, reportedly startled his mother by asking questions like "What makes oxygen fit so tightly with hydrogen to produce water?"


It's a little known fact that the Alan Turing statue in Sackville Gardens in the city centre is the second worst representational statue in Manchester after the Shakespeare in the old Theatre Royal portico on Peter Street. The third worst is the new Chopin statue on Deansgate.


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