How To Solve The Alan Turing Google Logo Puzzle

Alan Turing’s 100th birthday is today and to honor his life, Google has one of the geekiest and mathematical logos, aka Doodles, I’ve ever seen.

The logo is a representation of the look and functionality of the Turing machine, a machine that was the stepping stone for modern computing. This Doodle asks you to solve the puzzle by completing the Google logo in a pattern of 0s and 1s.

Martin from TagSEO has an outstanding video taking you through the six steps to solve the equation. Here it is:

Turing worked for Britain’s Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS) responsible for German naval cryptanalysis and breaking German codes to help beat them in the war. In 1952, at the age of 39 he was criminally prosecuted in the UK for homosexual acts, which was illegal in United Kingdom at that time. In 1954, just two weeks prior to his 42nd birthday, he died from cyanide poisoning. They said it was a suicide, maybe due to the hormone treatments or depression over the persecution.

Google in November 2010 backed a bid with $100,000 to help purchase some of his papers, so they can be returned to Bletchley Park. Google called Turing “a hero” that was a “pioneer” in the work of algorithms and the development of computer science.

Give the Turing logo a spin at Google’s home page on June 23rd.

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Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Logos | Top News

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  • Scott S

    I found this post having felt proud solving the puzzle myself and searching for posts by others who had also. I would be interested to see Google’s analytics showing how many people have solved the puzzle and from which parts of the world. I think the Google logos are a great way of educating people in history, culture and literature. Something which is lost in todays technology driven society. Having read the wikipedia profile of Alan Turing’s life and death, it is a strong reminder of how society has changed and of those who helped to change it. Go Alan Turing! Your logic was limitless! :)

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    Pretty crafty puzzle to say the least. dance steps perhaps?

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    or is it music playing in a bar at some remote location on earth?

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    I managed to did it myself, pretty awesome puzzle to start the day with! Way to go Google, that was a smart way to recognize Turing’s work!

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    One of the most ironic things is that Turing’s death was the inspiration for Apple’s logo.Turing died by taking a bite from a poisoned apple, and because he was gay, you get the Mac Apple, made with rainbow color and 1 bite missing. :)
    Happy B-Day Alan Turing!

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    Thanks for the video guide, i solved it. :)

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    “The logo of Apple Computer is often erroneously referred to as a tribute to Alan Turing, with the bite mark a reference to his method of suicide.[98] Both the designer of the logo[99] and the company deny that there is any homage to Turing in the design of the logo.[100]“

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    Solving it was the easy part. The hard part was working out how to get it started! Google’s legendary user interface design strikes again……

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