Review #5: The Imitation Game

I just watched The Imitation Game from 2014 by director Morten Tyldum and enjoyed it. The movie tells the story of Alan Turing, the British mathematician who broke the Enigma codes during World War II by building the Bombe machine that probably saved 14 million lives and shorted the war by 2 years.

The story of Alan Turing is probably one of the greatest triumphs and tragedies of human history.

The first time I went to Manchester with my British-Norwegian girlfriend was during UKUUG’s Linux 2001 conference and then we saw a simple Turing monument in one of the parks in Manchester.

12 years later, in 2013, the British society and the Queen officially apologized for the treatment of Alan Turing after the war.

The movie documents Turing’s codebreaking work at Bletchley Park, the code breaking operation site for the British military during the World War II.

I went back to England in 2013, 12 years after my first visit, and visited the MOSI to see the first stored-program computer and chatted with one of the volunteers at the MOSI who recommended a visit to Bletchley Park. I have been told that they destroyed most of the hardware after the war, but it is possible to enter the site if you make an appointment. It is probably a good idea to email the Bletchley Park staff before you go there.

Anyway, go and watch The Imitation Game to see a Hollywood portrait of Alan Turing and raw British code breaking intelligence at Bletchley Park.

Bletchley Park
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