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Title Colossus : the secrets of Bletchley Park's codebreaking computers / B. Jack Copeland and others ; edited by B. Jack Copeland
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 462 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents A brief history of cryptography from Caesar to Bletchley Park / Simon Singh -- How it began : Bletchley Park goes to war / Michael Smith -- The German Tunny machine / Jack Copeland -- Colossus, codebreaking, and the digital age / Stephen Budiansky -- Machine against machine / Jack Copeland -- D-Day at Bletchley Park / Thomas H. Flowers -- Intercept! / Jack Copeland -- Colossus / Thomas H. Flowers -- Colossus and the rise of the modern computer / Jack Copeland -- The PC user's guide to Colossus / Benjamin Wells -- Of men and machines / Brian Randell -- The Colossus rebuild / Tony Sale -- Mr. Newman's section / Jack Copeland, with Catherine Caughey [and others] -- Max Newman : mathematician, codebreaker, and computer pioneer / William Newman -- Living with Fish : breaking Tunny in the Newmanry and the Testery / Peter Hilton -- From Hut 8 to the Newmanry / Jack Good -- Codebreaking and Colossus / Donald Michie -- Major Tester's section / Jerry Roberts -- Setter and breaker / Roy Jenkins -- An ATS girl in the Testery / Helen Currie -- The Testery and the breaking of Fish / Peter Edgerley -- Dollis Hill at war / Jack Copeland, with David Bolam [and others] -- The British Tunny machine / Gil Hayward -- How Colossus was built and operated : one of its engineers reveals its secrets / Harry Fensom -- Bletchley Park's Sturgeon : the Fish that laid no eggs / Frode Weierud -- German teleprinter traffic and Swedish wartime intelligence / Craig McKay
Summary Shrouded in secrecy until very recently, Colossus was the world's first fully-functioning electronic computer, built during the Second World War and used at Bletchley Park to crack the codes of high-level Nazi communications. This book contains fascinating accounts of Colossus, of code-breaking, and of the extraordinary role played by the staff of Bletchley Park in WWII - including personal recollections by those who designed and built Colossus, recently declassified information, and historical essays considering its impact on the generations of computing technology that followed. - ;At last -
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 419-451) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Cryptography -- Germany -- History.
Cryptography -- Great Britain -- History.
Lorenz cipher system.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Cryptography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Electronic intelligence -- Great Britain.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Copeland, B. Jack, 1950-
LC no. 2005030993
ISBN 0191513156
1429421517 (electronic bk.)
9781429421515 (electronic bk.)