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'Alan Turing and Life's Enigma' exhibition in The Manchester Museum


Would you like to discover more about one of Alan Turing's least-known works?


In 1952, Alan Turing published "The chemical basis of morphogenesis" where he proposed a reaction-diffusion model of spatial pattern formation. This was the only paper that Turing published on this topic, which was further explored in 1953 by the MSc thesis of his student Bernard Richards. Alan Turing, with this work, was one of the first to propose a formal model that could explain the self-organisation phenomena present in a wide variety of biological systems. And he did so with an impressive clarity of thought, as all great thinkers: "It is suggested that a system of chemical substances, called morphogens, reacting together and diffusing through a tissue, is adequate to account for the main phenomena of morphogenesis".

The Manchester Museum hosted the 'Alan Turing and Life's Enigma' exhibition from the 24th March to the 18th of November 2012, where this fascinating work was explained. In this exhibition, my research and its connection with Turing's morphogenesis were also presented.






More information about this exciting exhibition can be found at the following link or by reading this document.

'Morphogenius' and my DYVERSE research in the exhibition






If you want to know more about the fascinating work that we do in DYVERSE, just contact me!

Music for the exhibition: where music and Alan Turing's work meet


If this exhibition had a soundtrack, undoubtedly, it would be 'Un dígito binario dudoso. Recital para Alan Turing' ('A doubtful binary digit. Recital for Alan Turing') from Hidrogenesse. Check these two links, if you want to discover more: