Cracking the Code of Alan Turing
Let me set the stage a little: A movie called "The Imitation Game" will be released nationwide Christmas day, the latest of several attempts to tell the story of Alan Turing. That story is so big, it can only be told in little pieces.
The piece most people focus on is Turing's work as the single most important code breaker in World War 2, the man who built a machine that broke apart the deeply encrypted Nazi code, and then gave the Allies an advantage that they were forced to conceal.
In fact, later in this show, you'll hear a woman in her 90's who worked near Turing in Bletchley Park who could overhear the Germans talking about the locations of their war ships, which the British dared not attack until there was some other plausible way of knowing that location. But Turing was so much more - a true genius, and a fully tragic figure, one of the inventors of the computer and of hacking.
We'll hear the story of this math genius, an outsider, a man whose homosexuality was treated as a crime by Mother England, but who may have done more than anybody to end the war early and save hundreds of thousands of lives.
- Barry Cooper is a Professor of Mathematical Logic at the University of Leeds, and the co-editor of Alan Turing: His Work and Impact
- Priscilla Lydia McKenzie worked in Bletchley Park, recording movements of German ships
- "Song for Alan Turing" by Skyscraper
- "Alan Turing" by Red Fetish
- "A Song for Alan Turing" by Stephen J. Pride
Lydia Brown and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.