The Imitation Game

I just watched this movie for the second time and it was just as fantastic as the first. We watched it with Daniel and he really enjoyed it and indeed I think it’s a good movie to get kids interested in mathematics.

Alan Turing was a mathematician and a war hero. He broke Enigma, the German cryptography machine, and in doing so is said to have shortened the war by several years. He also invented one of the first stored program computers.

What is particularly sad in the movie and in real life is that he was never honoured or even acknowledged for the work he did. Even worse, he was convicted for being a homosexual after the war and forced to either go to prison or take hormonal drugs. He chose the drugs and committed suicide a year later. In 2013 Queen Elizabeth II granted him a posthumous pardon. Why did it take her so long? And why was homosexuality illegal in the first place? It makes no sense. It’s sad that a genius and a man who gave so much to the world was treated so poorly and made so miserable.

I despair when I see people today, more than 50 years after Alan Turing’s suicide, still making life miserable for homosexuals by preventing them from getting married. Alan Turing has taught us that the world needs all kinds of minds and being different is not bad or immoral. Can’t we just be kind to one another?

Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant as Alan Turing. He’s probably my favourite actor at the moment and if I wasn’t already married I’d be offering to have his children. Kiera Knightly has a leading role in The Imitation Game and is equally superb although I have no desire to have her children 🙂