In this post, I will specifically be writing about Bombe, an decipher machine Turing had invented. The “Bombe” was invented to decipher secret messages sent between the Germans during the World War II. It is important to acknowledge that the “Bombe”, despite its fame, is nor the prototype nor the precedent of modern computers.
Rather, the Bombe “could do only one thing, which was grind through possible settings of the German’s encryption machines”. Then, you might wonder, why is the “Bombe” so significant? The Bombe is so significant because it accomplished its purpose, helping England and its alliances win the World War II. The British ordered Turing to invent a much faster, more convenient deciphering machine and through working with Gordon Welchman, out came the “Bombe”.
For the readers who have seen the film “Imitation Game”, you might think that the “Bombe” is the most significant work of Turing’s. His works regarding computers are much more theoretical than practical. Hence, that is probably the reason why the Turing Machine or the Turing Test is not easily recognized by others. However, it is equally, if not even more important to acknowledge Turing’s works and contributions to computer science.
1. Joel Achenbach (Feb 20). What ‘The Imitation Game’ didn’t tell you about Turing’s greatest triumph
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2. L.V.Anderson (Jan 28 2015). How Accurate Is The Imitation Game?
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