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Enigma

Posted by Andrew Duthie under

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Bletchley Park,

Bombe,

Enigma,

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Turing |

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We took a one-hour train to Bletchley Park today to learn about Alan Turing and the Bombe machines that made breaking the codes from Germany’s Enigma machines practical. Polish mathematicians had broken the codes in earlier years; Turing devised a way to speed the process up via a big, incredibly complicated machine that was named Bombe. To wit:

After getting back, we met a writer/editor friend of Peg’s who lives here in London. She took a picture so we could prove that, in fact, we are both here together.

We’re about to get booted from the pub at the station; more tomorrow.

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November 25, 2008 at 10:24 am

That photo looks just like the stuff we made at Automatic Electric in the 60’s.

November 26, 2008 at 4:19 am

Before you started using transistors, I can see how your equipment would have been similar. Did any or your gear have automatic oiling manifolds? You can barely see tham at the left of the photo above, but there’s a huge manifold for oil on the Bombe. (The first Bombe was finished in 1940: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombe)