Christie's auction and other computer history events

From: der Mouse <mouse_at_Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
Date: Fri Feb 18 15:23:23 2005

> [...] who pretends that the Poles didn't do much and "Enigma was
> broken at Bletchley Park".

And from what I understand - largely based on Simon Singh's The Code
Book, and nothing I've seen in this thread really disgrees with it -
there is a sense in which that is true. Early Enigma was broken by the
Poles. They simply didn't have the resources to break the later
versions; it was Bletchley Park, Turing in particular, who picked up
the Polish work and extended it to break the later Enigma.

It's like a R&D effort: to grossly oversimplify, the Poles did the R,
the English did the D, and neither would have been much use without the

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