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Turing and Zuse had many similar ideas. But they did not know each other, they were isolated. It was not until the end of World War II that they heard about their respective achievements. And in late summer 1947 there was a mysterious meeting in Göttingen. British scientists of the National Physical Laboratory (Teddington, London) interrogated German researchers. Participants included Arthur Porter, Alan Turing and John Womersley (England) as well as Heinz Billing, Helmut Schreyer, Alwin Walther and Konrad Zuse. This reunion is described by the memoir of the German computer pioneer Billing from the Max Planck Institute for Physics (Munich). However, in the memoirs published by Porter and Zuse the colloquium at Göttingen is not mentioned. With the exception of Heinz Billing all the actors have died. Therefore it is difficult to verify the story. We are still looking for further evidence Show more
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PublisherEidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Departement Informatik, Ausbildungs- und Beratungszentrum für Informatikunterricht
SubjectHISTORY OF COMPUTERS + HISTORY OF COMPUTER SCIENCE; COMPUTERGESCHICHTE + INFORMATIKGESCHICHTE; Heinz Billing; Konrad Zuse; HISTORY OF SCIENCE; POSTWAR POLICY (INTERNATIONAL POLITICS); Max-Planck-Institut für Physik; VEREINIGTES KÖNIGREICH GROSSBRITANNIEN UND NORDIRLAND (WESTEUROPA); GERMANY (CENTRAL EUROPE). FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY; GÖTTINGEN, TOWN AND DISTRICT (GERMANY); Turing, Alan Mathison; NACHKRIEGSPOLITIK (INTERNATIONALE POLITIK); WISSENSCHAFTSGESCHICHTE; National Physical Laboratory; DEUTSCHLAND (MITTELEUROPA). BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND; GÖTTINGEN, STADT UND LANDKREIS (DEUTSCHLAND); Billing, Heinz; UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND (WESTERN EUROPE); Alan Turing; Zuse, Konrad; Interrogation; Max Planck In-stiute for Physics (Göttingen/Munich); National Physical Laboratory (London)
Organisational unit02150 - Dep. Informatik / Dep. of Computer Science
NotesTechnical Reports D-INFK.
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