Alan Turing was born 95 years ago today. Less than 100 years ago. I know that at the physical level, information processing is nowhere near as dramatic as flight or the rise of the car, but it's still astonishing to reflect upon the advances. I've been drafting an article about the connections being discovered between computation and physics (both thermodynamics and Riemannian geometry), fields where there is a palpable sense of impending breakthroughs. I've never understood why there's so little discussion of the science of computation and information, which is still a field that, like biology in the 18th and 19th centuries, is broadly accessible and one where I am convinced amateurs and dilettantes can make major contributions.