An Apple a Day

This is one of those that falls into the category of things that I should have known, but didn’t. If you did, apologies in advance for wasting your time. And please enjoy your smugness 😉

For over 20 years I’ve been surrounded by Macs, from the Mac Plus I first bought for work in 1986 (£2,500 for the PC and £5,000 for the laser printer and last seen as an aquarium) to the super-silent, super-fast Mac Pro which arrived last week. Sheer poetry.

And in all that time there was the Apple symbol above in all its guises, but especially the irritating rainbow version, and I didn’t know, or even guessed, what it meant. The apple from the tree of knowledge? The one that bounced off Newton’s head? Or even one for the teacher.

Nope, the bitten apple is a homage to one of my heroes, and presumably yours as you are sitting at a keyboard and a flat screen, none other than Alan Turing, father of today’s computer who took his life by biting into an apple laced with cyanide.

It’s hard to imagine a world that put a higher value on someone’s sexuality, rather than what their mind had to offer to the rest of us. Or maybe it isn’t when you look around the bits of the world that aren’t ‘like us’ and homosexuality is punishable by death. (Just one example)

Turing was a great man, regardless that he was also a puff, woofta, shirt-lifter or any of the other sexual epithets that we label people with. While forgetting their intellect.

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2 comments… Add yours
  • Mosher 23rd August 2007

    Alan Turing was, without a doubt, a brilliant man. But it seems the “apple” thing may not be true. I just had a look at the Wikipedia article on him and:

    “It has been claimed that the Apple computer logo (an apple with a bite taken out) may be a coded tribute to Alan Turing. Turing’s biographer, Andrew Hodges, has asserted that this is false.”

    Shame, as it’s a pretty good story!

  • William Gruff 29th August 2007

    I’ve read somewhere that a US dictionary of national biography lists Alan Turing as an American. He wasn’t, of course.


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