Why Did Computer Science Make a Hero out of Turing?

TitleWhy Did Computer Science Make a Hero out of Turing?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of PublicationIn Press
AuthorsBullynck, M, Daylight, E, De Mol, L
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Abstract

A viewpoint, co-authored by M. Bullynck, E. Daylight and L. De Mol, to be published in the March 2015 Issue of the Communications of the ACM. It discusses some stages of Turing's consecration as the hero of computer science and makes a comparison with Gauss' consecration in mathematics. The viewpoint wants to make people more aware of the function of heroes for a discipline and closes with a call for generosity and openness of a discipline and its history.
A preprint can be found at the URL below.

URLhttp://www.kuttaka.org/CACM_rev2_simple.pdf