Yesterday I watched “The Imitation Game”, in which Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing – the English mathematician who helps cracking the Enigma code during the Second World War. It is believed that his work shortened the war by two years and saved about 14 million lives. Apart from its focus on Turing’s work, this film shows the horror of being convicted for being homosexual. Alan Turing shows many similarities with the character Cumberbatch plays in Sherlock, and also reminded me of Russell Crowe’s character – John Nash – in “A beautiful mind”. Both highly intelligent, a bit odd and vulnerable. However Turing seems to own a higher doses of self-importance, which made me laugh.
What I found fascinating is the fact that the cracking of the Enigma code was held a secret for over 50 years! After watching this I will be adding “Enigma” – a novel by Robert Harris – to my reading list.
Today, the 5th of February 2015, the news reports that there are new Enigma code documents discovered. They were stuffed into the wall cavities of Bletchley Park where the codebreakers were based during the war. How exciting is that!