A tribute to Alan Turing

He was an English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

But he was also the one who laid the foundation for "morphogenesis".

In 1952, by observing the patterns in nature, he theorized that their formation was based on the interaction of two chemical agents, called morphogens.

This basic equation also known as reaction-diffusion, is the basis for the natural patterns formation, such as the stripes of a zebra or the spiral of a shell.

Turing's morphogenesis theory was the subject of doubts and discussions for years until it was empirically validated in the lab in 2014, 60 years after his death.

Now, according to many, he is considered the first theoretician of chaos.

here is my Turing's portrait obtained by taking inspiration from "his" patterns

Mixed media on blueback paper 70x100 cm
On display in Bologna at Cheap Festival 2017
This poster is designed to have two reading distances: near-conceptual, distant-visible
below some patterns i made

The displacement of a single electron by a billionth of a centimetre at one moment might make the difference between a man being killed by an avalanche a year later, or escaping.

                                                                                                                                                      Alan Turing, 1950