Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th Jun 2012 19:32 UTC, submitted by Adurbe
In the News The BBC reports on a Turing scholar's recent claims that by today's standard of evidence, there's reason to doubt the commonly-held belief that the famed computing pioneer committed suicide in response to government persecution over his homosexuality. To be clear, he does not claim to have disproved the suicide theory -- only that the cyanide poisoning that killed Turing could well have been an accident caused by his careless at-home experimentation with dangerous chemicals.
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by acobar on Tue 26th Jun 2012 13:26 UTC
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First, lets recap that most brilliant scientists do not get widespread recognition of their hard work on their life. The first one to get catapulted by press was Albert Einstein and, of lately, I remember only Sabin and some others from health science. From outside of our tech/scientific inner world, there is little acknowledge of most scientists while they are still working.

I do not see much tribute paid also for Faraday, Maxwell, Kepler, Mendel, Dalton and others, and the more advanced their contribution is in time and complexity the more likely is that it will be appreciated by less souls.

Fact is that in may be, 50 years, very very few will learn about MacArthur, Montgomery and other recent heroes but every student that carry on will read about those that advanced the human knowledge sometime, and on few it will spark a light of curiosity in his/her mind that will push them to read more about the creators of laws, equations and methods.

More than anything, Einstein, Newton and Darwin are exceptions.

Of course, it does not helps that the life of most of them would be a boring movie for the brainwashed mass.

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