This Beautifully Mesmerising Lego Turing Machine Recreates the Birth of the Modern Computer

By Sam Gibbs on at

The ideas and methods behind the modern computer were first dreamt up by a Brit way back in 1936. Alan Turing's machine formed the basis for the world's first computer that was used to break the German encryption codes in World War II. Now you can make one yourself out of Lego.

Everything about that machine is pure, simplistic win. It's gorgeous in its smooth moving perfection, and it's a recreation of a genuine British marvel that revolutionised the world we live in. The Lego Turing Machine was made to celebrate the centenary of Alan Turing's birth way back on June 23rd 1912, which you too can celebrate at the Science Museum's Code Breaker exhibition that opens today.

That's the basis of what's going on inside your computer every second of every day, and it's truly mesmerising. [Vimeo via Wired]