Alan Turing’s Universal Machine is the winner!

I think LMS members and all readers of this blog will be happy and surprised that thousands of people voted Alan Turing’s Universal Machine,┬ádescribed in his 1936 mathematical logic paper, the most important innovation of the last 100 years:

http://www.topbritishinnovations.org

Of course, many of them will have voted ­čÖé

Btw, don’t you think it’s amazing (and says something about the way basic research impacts on the world) that a 1930s mathematical logic paper in┬áthe “Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society” eventually wins a┬ápopular vote for “the most important innovation of the last 100 years”┬ásome 76 years later?

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