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5. He developed a new field of biology out of his fascination with daisies
Even as a child, Turing saw life through the eyes of a scientist, Hodges said. There is a famous sketch of Turing as a boy â€śwatching the daisies growâ€ť while the other children play field hockey. That sketch would foreshadow Turingâ€™s ground-breaking work in 1952 on morphogenesis, which became aÂ completely new field of mathematical biology. It was a mathematical explanation of how things grow â€” a great mystery to science, Hodges explained. His work on the subject has been cited more thanÂ 8,000 times.
The subject of one of his seminal papers on the topic was calledÂ â€śOutline of the Development of the Daisy.â€ť