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Geniuses At War

Author: David A. Price  

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The dramatic, untold story of a brilliant team, the world's first digital electronic computer, and the race to decrypt the Nazis' toughest code Planning the invasion of Normandy, the Allies knew that decoding the communications of the Nazi high command was imperative for its success. But standing in their way was an encryption machine they called Tunny (British English for "tuna"), which was vastly more difficult to crack than the infamous Enigma cipher. To surmount this seemingly impossible challenge, Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker, brought in a maverick English working-class engineer named Tommy Flowers who devised the ingenious, daring, and controversial plan to build a machine that would calculate at breathtaking speed and break the code in nearly real time. Together with the pioneering mathematician Max Newman, Flowers and his team produced--against the odds, the clock, and a resistant leadership--Colossus, the world's first digital electronic computer, the machine that would help bring the war to an end. With fascinating detail and illuminating insight, David A. Price's Geniuses at War tells, for the first time, the full mesmerizing story of the great minds behind Colossus and chronicles the remarkable feats of engineering genius that marked the dawn of the digital age.

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Critic Reviews

“"David Price has produced the riveting story of how a team of colorful geniuses in Bletchley Park, England broke the most secure German World War II codes. The tale of Alan Turing and the Enigma machine is well known, but Price describes the very secret code-breaking project that Turing and his colleagues tackled later in the war, which involved building the world's first electronic computer. Thus was the digital age born." --Walter Isaacson, author of The Innovators”

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About the Author

DAVID A. PRICE was raised in Richmond, Virginia and was educated at the College of William and Mary, where he received his degree in computer science. He graduated from Harvard Law School and Cambridge University. He has written for The Wall Street Journal , Investor's Business Daily , Business 2.0 , The Washington Post , Forbes and Inc. and is the author of The Pixar Touch and Love and Hate in Jamestown . Price lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, D.C.

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Product Details

Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf | Knopf
Published
22nd June 2021
Pages
240
ISBN
9780525521549
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