The highly productive habits of Alan Turing

On the week of his 100th birthday, we celebrate the mathematician’s life.

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An angry math blog sparked a scientific revolution

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He was not expecting what happened next. Thousands of people read the post and hundreds left supportive comments. Within a day, one of his readers had set up a website, The Cost of Knowledge, which allowed academics to register their protest against Elsevier cs4 제품 다운로드.

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