70 Year-Old Code Breaking Papers Just Released

Two 70-year-old papers by Alan Turing on the theory of code breaking have been released by the government’s communications headquarters, GCHQ. Even the date the papers were written is not definitive. GCHQ estimated their age by an item that mentions Hitler’s age. The two papers are now available to view at the National Archives at Kew in London. “What a tremendous importance it has in the foundations of our subject,” said a GHCQ staff member, commenting on the fact that the documents were restricted for 70 years. It is believed Alan Turing wrote the papers while at Bletchley Park working on breaking German Enigma codes.


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