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The truth is out there…

(With thanks to AW)

The (London) Telegraph reports that “the most complex crop circle ever” has been discovered in an English field…

Wiltshire crop circle

The formation, found on a barley field in Wiltshire, measures 150ft in diameter, and is apparently a coded image representing the first 10 digits, 3.141592654, of pi.

For the whole story (including an explanation of the code), click here.

And for a look at ten other pretty impressive crop circles, as captured by Google Earth, click here.

(For some background on how such abnormal agricultural may have appeared, click here.)

As we sharpen the blades on our mowers, we might crank out some celebratory code for Alan Turing, the mathematician and cryptographer who “solved” Godel’s Theorem and pioneered the Turing Machine, which advanced the development of the general purpose computer. During World War II, he was key cryptanalyst at Bletchley Park, and helped crack the Enigma code.

The Association for Computing Machinery created The Turing Award to honor key technical contributions to the computing community; it is widely considered to be the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the computing world.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

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June 23, 2008 at 1:01 am

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