Google have marked the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing with a doodle, based on the cryptographer's wartime code-breaking work.
The doodle, which appeared Google's home page today, is being described as the most cryptic Google doodle to date.
IBNLive suggests that Google’s latest doodle isn’t aimed at the general public but, “targeted towards those with a knowledge of computer programming”.
The initial task spells out in six steps the letters “g-o-o-g-l-e” in binary. On completing each step successfully, the letters of the greyed-out Google logo get filled with their usual colours, one at a time. However, it’s not as simple as that – according to the Google blog, “If you get it the first time, try again … it gets harder!”
If Turing was alive today, his age – ‘100’ (one and two zeros) – is, rather fittingly, made up of the binary digits used in digital computer code.
Turing – widely credited with being the father of computer science – worked tirelessly during the Second World War to break Nazi Germany’s cipher codes, which helped win the war. However, in the years following, Turing was hounded for being gay and, with homosexuality being illegal in Britain, was prosecuted in 1952. He died two years later, in what was ruled suicide.
Earlier today, Digital Journalreported on a number of events being organised to celebrate the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth, and on the claim by Professor Jack Copeland that the suicide verdict would not stand up to scrutiny today.