Fibonacci Apple: 'Morphogenesis Series' - Alan Turing* commemorative portrait.
This artwork is a collage of equations, binary code, fibonacci numbers and pattern formations based on his experimental work on the Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis plus notes from Alan Turing's life. Elements include a Pop Art Mondrian/Bauhaus inspired Abstracted Geometric Rainbow Coloured British Union Flag and a Fibonacci Apple**
Materials:100% Cotton Hahnemühle Photorag
Size A4:21 x 29.7cm, (8.3" x 11.7"), Edition of 100
Size A3:29.7 x 42cm, (11.7" x 16.5"), Edition of 100
Size A2:42 x 59.4cm, (16.5" x 23.4"), Edition of 20
Size A1:59.4 x 84cm, (23.4" x 33.1"), Edition of 6
* Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, computer scientist, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of "algorithm" and "computation" with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. The 'Turing test' is a test of a machine's ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.
Turing was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952, when such acts were still criminalised in the UK. He accepted treatment with oestrogen injections (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison.
On 8 June 1954, Turing's housekeeper found him dead. He had died the previous day. A post-mortem examination established that the cause of death was cyanide poisoning. When his body was discovered, an apple lay half-eaten beside his bed, and although the apple was not tested for cyanide, it was speculated that this was the means by which a fatal dose was consumed. An inquest determined that he had committed suicide, and he was cremated at Woking Crematorium on 12 June 1954.
**Approximate logarithmic spirals can occur in nature (for example, the arms of spiral galaxies or phyllotaxis of leaves); golden spirals are one special case of these logarithmic spirals. A recent analysis of spirals observed in mouse corneal epithelial cells indicated that some can be characterised by the golden spiral, and some by other spirals It is sometimes stated that spiral galaxies and nautilus shells get wider in the pattern of a golden spiral, and hence are related to both φ and the Fibonacci series. In truth, spiral galaxies and nautilus shells (and many mollusk shells) exhibit logarithmic spiral growth, but at a variety of angles usually distinctly different from that of the golden spiral. This pattern allows the organism to grow without changing shape.
This edition is part of the 'Morphogenesis and 'New Beginnings' series with an abstract butterfly and skull motif representing death and re-birth.