9.5 – THE VISIONARIES (6.10.16)

TURING & VON NEUMANN [6d]

London, England. June 23, 1912. In the residential district of Maida Vale, Alan Turing is born. By the age of six, his teachers identify him as a genius. By 16, he is studying the most advanced work of Albert Einstein. And much like the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, he has a single-minded focus and thinks differently from his peers.

“Alan Turing was, in my opinion, the other great mathematical genius of the 20th-century, but of a completely different strip than Srinivasa Ramanujan. His vision was born out of extraordinary literal-mindedness. By taking things literally, he was able to go places that people who were less literal-minded would never be able to go.”

David Leavitt (Author, The Indian Clerk)

In fact, Alan Turing was so literal-minded that there has even been speculation he had Asperger’s Syndrome. But some Ancient Astronaut Theorists propose his unique intellect may reveal an otherworldly influence, one that intervened during mankind’s deadliest conflict.

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. March 18, 1940. Six months into the Second World War, British military intelligence sets up a top-secret base in Bletchley Park, 50 miles northwest of London. Known as “Station X,” it is home to a handpicked team of mathematicians led by Alan Turing, that work tirelessly to crack the infamous Nazi encoding device, called the Enigma machine.

“The Enigma machine was an encryption machine that worked very simply, at least for the person operating it. You would have a message to convey, and you would type the first letter. Its gears would turn. And then a light would illuminate with another letter. And that letter you would write down. The machine was putting the letter through a huge range of substitutions.”

 – David Leavitt (Author, The Indian Clerk)

In 1940, Turing accomplished what nearly every expert at the time had deemed impossible: He solved the Enigma code.

“At Bletchley Park, Turing conceived of a way of reverse engineering an Enigma to run it backwards. It wasn’t easy, but they built this very complicated machine called the bombe. If you could separate out the hardware from the sequences of operations – what we now call software – you could create a machine that could decode messages, but it could also do other things, including mathematics, and I think that he realized that this machine could be made into something that was quite a bit more capable.”

Paul E. Ceruzzi, Ph.D.
(National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

In the process of creating this machine, Turing also developed a technology far more significant than anyone at the time could have imagined: the world’s first computer.

“It’s particularly interesting how some of these visionaries think differently, so you have to wonder if these people are tapping into some kind of universal mind, and even that somehow telepathically, extraterrestrials are giving them information, so that they can see these universal truths.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Curiously, in one of his papers, Turing wrote that telekinesis and extrasensory perception should be taken seriously and questioned the existence of free will. Is it possible, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest, that he wrote this because he himself was somehow in contact with extraterrestrial intelligence? Perhaps further clues can be found by examining a meeting Turing had before the war with another mathematical genius, John von Neumann.

“John von Neumann was a Hungarian mathematician who emigrated to the United States and took a position at Princeton University. He had an incredible talent for mathematics and physics in all kinds of fields.”

Paul E. Ceruzzi, Ph.D.
(National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

Like Turing, von Neumann contributed to ending World War II, through the development of technology. He came up with a way to use machine calculation to determine how to compress plutonium for the atomic bomb. This technology was essential to the success of the project, and it might never have been realized had von Neumann not crossed paths with Alan Turing.

“We know that Alan Turing, met Jon von Neumann at Princeton. Von Neumann was familiar with Turing’s theoretical papers. What we don’t know is the substance of their conversations. A lot of that was very highly classified. Very, very little information ever leaked out.”

Paul E. Ceruzzi, Ph.D.
(National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

“It has been argued by some historians of computing that John von Neumann absorbed the fundamental idea of the universal machine from Alan Turing.”

David Leavitt (Author, The Indian Clerk)

According to historians, Turing and von Neumann were largely responsible for inventing the first computers and accelerating the advancement of technology exponentially. But is it possible the meeting of these two geniuses was more than mere chance?

“It could very well be that extraterrestrial intelligence was involved in making sure that von Neumann and Turing met each other in 1935 and steered their development to ensure that the computer would be brought out on schedule at the right time…which is exactly what we see.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

Is it possible that extraterrestrials brought together Turing and von Neumann to accelerate the development of computer technology? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes and suggest that, at the same time, aliens were helping mankind to develop another important technology: a rocket that would reach the stars.

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