Being a LuvvieBoff with Google at the Science Museum

Alan-Turing-Science-Museum

I love Google’s LuvvieBoff evenings, which aim to bring creatives and scientists together for some good ol’ Luvvies and Boffins cross pollination. This event was hosted by Google at the Science Museum on the launch of Codebreaker – the Alan Turing exhibition – a fascinating look at the life of the mathematician and founder of computer science.

Alan Turing worked as head of codebreaking at Bletchley Park during WWII, helping to break the code of the German Enigma machines. Turing also developed an early electronic computer called the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE). Among many of its contributions was how it was used by crystallographer Dorothy Hodgkin to crack the atomic structure of vitamin B12, (see the shadow image of her model below).

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Seminar for Environmental Technology MSc at Imperial College

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I found myself unexpectedly acting as understudy to Chris Rapley, Director of the Science Museum, the other evening, with barely a few hours notice. It was unfortunate for Chris who was taken ill, but fortunate for me to find myself lecturing 150+ Environmental Technology MSc students about the fun we’re having developing¬†Creative Data Projects. A spontaneously good time was had by all – thanks Imperial!