Mystery man who undid Enigma

December 23, 2014 1:06 PM

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"He was an amazing human being who is finally, rightfully, getting recognition for the great advances he made," Benedict Cumberbatch says about Alan Turing, the British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer pioneer who led the team of code-breakers responsible for cracking Nazi Germany's daunting Enigma machine.

Cumberbatch, of course, is playing no small part in seeing to it that Turing gets his due: In "The Imitation Game," opening Christmas Day, the actor is Turing - a deeply complicated figure whose breakthroughs at Bletchley Park, the top-secret intelligence enclave set up in 1939 in Buckinghamshire, a...

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